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A 47-year-old female asked:

The little toe hit a table leg & 12 week old fracture in the 3rd phalange (outside parallel to the foot) hasn't healed. surgery or laser to fix it?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Unusual: Toe fractures esp phalanx fractures generally heal without much treatment in any case.I would suspect that it has some healing now.If it continues to hurt see your ors or podiatrist.
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 36 years experience
Bone or soft tissue?: If the X-ray shows a non-healing fracture or abnormal angle of the healed bone, surgery is an option. If the x-ray shows good healing then pain resolution treatments could include topical anti-inflammatory gels, with my treatment preference being cortisone injections.

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Last updated Jun 16, 2016

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