There seem to be a few misconceptions out there when it comes to how to treat a toe fracture properly. One of the primary misconceptions about a broken toe is if you can put weight on the foot, then the toe can’t be broken, but this is not always true. A toe that has a stress fracture may only exhibit intermittent pain, and the actual location of the fracture can be hard to trace without help from your podiatrist.
3 excellent treatments for a broken or severely sprained toe include the following:
- Support taping—A broken or badly sprained toe can be immobilized by taping it to the toe next door. It will help support the toe while it heals and works very well for toe stress fractures.
- Orthotic inserts, splints, and braces—Foot orthoses and other devices can be used to isolate and cushion the affected toe.
- Immobilization with a rigid walking boot—A severely broken toe, or a toe that is recovering from surgery, may require wearing a boot to immobilize the foot while healing occurs.
Treating a broken toe correctly from the outset is essential to avoid future complications such as chronic pain or arthritis. If a toe heals incorrectly, it may need to be broken again and reset for the proper alignment to occur.
If you suspect that you may have broken a toe, see your podiatrist for the proper treatment. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.