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do I need crutches for a broken toe

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
23 years experience Podiatry
Depends: It will depend on the type of broken toe you have. There are some fractures that will need to avoid weight bearing and those typically will need crut ... Read More
Dr. John Callahan
24 years experience Podiatry
No: No but a post-op shoe would be advisable. This is a straight lasted shoe that does not bend and allow to toe to bend allowing for primary bone healing ... Read More
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Dr. Todd Schafer
33 years experience Podiatry
Only first toe.: Because only the big toe is required for balance and thus walking. Crutches would be unnecessary for fractures of any of the other digits.

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
23 years experience Podiatry
Depends: It will depend on the type of broken toe you have. There are some fractures that will need to avoid weight bearing and those typically will need crut ... Read More
Dr. Vadim Glukh
23 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Usually not: Not usually.
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No: Buddy tape it to the adjacent toe and wear a hard shoe that doesn't bend at the toes for support. Follow up with your GP for X-Rays if not better in a ... Read More
Dr. Louise Andrew
46 years experience Emergency Medicine
Depends: If by "displaced" you mean literally "out of place" then you may have a dislocated toe which is very different from a simple broken toe. A broken toe ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
28 years experience Podiatry
Usually not: However, there may be circumstances where it's a good idea. Such as an intraarticular or comminuted fracture.
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
31 years experience Family Medicine
Next biggest toe: A broken toe, assuming it is not a complicated fracture and not the big toe, is usually treated by taping the affected toe to the next bigger toe. Cau ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
25 years experience Emergency Medicine
Smashing it: I'm not sure if you have another question about this?
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
That depends: If your toe looks deformed, if color is blue or gray, if the skin in broken with an underlying fracture, if the toe is angled in the wrong direction, ... Read More
A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Khan
Dr. Amir Khan answered
27 years experience Sports Medicine
Depends: Big toe fractures generally require more restrictions whereas simple fractures of the lesser toes can be treated with simple buddy taping to the adja ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
28 years experience Podiatry
Would depend: If dislocated or broken in joint (intraarticular) if not splinting the toe and surgical shoe is good. Ice to reduce swelling if present.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
23 years experience Podiatry
Yes...it helps: Rice protocol - rest, ice, compresson and elevate.

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