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A 29-year-old member asked:

what are some signs of a broken toe?

9 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Pain,: Swelling, a positive fracture seen on x-ray.
Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 41 years experience
Pain, swelling,: Bruising are the most typical signs. X-rays are the best way to diagnose a fracture.
Dr. Randy Lisch
Dr. Randy Lisch commented
Podiatry 38 years experience
swelling and possible redness are also typical signs
Jul 25, 2012
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Bruising & swelling: Usually with a break, there is bleeding from the bone which leads to swelling and bruising to the toe and surrounding area. This is not always the case, but when i see this, i always take an x-ray to see. There is some degree of pain when the toe is moved at the site of the injury.
Dr. Robert Kornfeld
Podiatry 41 years experience
Broken toe: Bruising, swelling and pain are the usual signs.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Several things: Pain, swelling, deformity, lack of motion.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Get an x-ray: Pain, swelling, bruising and angulation deformities are signs of a possible fractured or dislocated toe. See a professional to have x-rays taken so that you can get the proper care.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Pain: swelling….
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 42 years experience
SIGNS/SYMPTOMS: 1. History of trauma-bumping it hard. 2. Pain. 3. Swelling. 4. Maybe looks deformed.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Signs of a toe Fx =: Swelling , bruising , pain & sometimes deformity. All associated with Hx of trauma.

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How to tape a broken toe?

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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. Caution should be used to not tape the toes too tightly together. Best to consult with your doctor to confirm the diagnosis.
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Depends: Big toe fractures generally require more restrictions whereas simple fractures of the lesser toes can be treated with simple buddy taping to the adjacent toe. Some fractures of the big and lesser toes may require setting, surgery and/or prolonged immobilization based on the complexity of the fracture. Xray will define the fracture pattern and dictate the treatment. Get xrays and see your doc.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

If i've broken my toe what are signs that its a more serious break that needs more than home treatment?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Worsening symptoms: Simple toe fracture often require no special treatment beyond pain control and some buddy-taping as pictured here for support. Motrin, tylenol, (acetaminophen) or Aleve often suffice. If obvious deformity (severe, angulated fracture) or maceration of toe/foot, then consult with doc for care. Otherwise, expect some pain for a few weeks, but should get better each day. Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Dr. Bac Nguyen commented
Family Medicine 23 years experience
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I am glad buddy-taping is helping you. Keep safe.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the signs that a broken toe is healing?

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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
Reduced pain: Reduced pain and swelling, maintained alignment of the toe, fading bruises, and x-rays that show evidence are good ways to make sure your toe fracture is healing well.

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