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please tell me what will an orthopedic surgeon do for a broken big toe?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Depends: If the toe is comminuted (broken in many prices) or intraarticular (involving joint). You may be put in a cast, a surgical shoe, asked to use crutches or possibly need surgery. An orthopedist or podiatrist would likely treat the condition the same way, .
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
It depends on how-: -severely the fracture is. A non, or minimally displacedFx. that still looks like a toe, nothing but protection. If angulated & pointing up down R or L a K-wire fixation may be needed. Fracture with dislocation may need more than 1 K-wire,very unusual 2 have 2 open them up. Smashed & many pieces requires decompression of the blood under the nail & protection & hope 4 the best.

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