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A 38-year-old member asked:

do you have to go to the er for a broken toe?

6 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Depends: Is the toe deformed and seem to be out of place, which toe is it. How much swelling and pain. If deformed i would definately go to see a doctor.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
No: A doctors office or urgent care center is probably preferable.
Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Have it evaluated: Need to get it checked and x-rayed to evaluate extent and alignment of fracture. This may dictate treatment. Can see a podiatrist instead of er.
Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
Podiatry 36 years experience
If you like waiting: I would save er visits for emergencies. A broken toe does require a professional evaluation however. Make an appointment to see a podiatrist as soon as possible, to allow for treatment options. Meanwhile rest, ice and elevate. Nsaids like advil or aleve (naproxen) can reduce pain and inflammation as long as you can take them safely. Stiff-soled, roomy-toed shoes will help keep the fracture stable.
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
Toe tally your call.: Unless your toe has an obvious deviation in it's normal profile, there is no way of knowing it is fractured, unless you go to the ER. If you have experience in judging the severity and complexity of toe fractures , your best bet is have a expert make the call. In the meantime ice, elevate and stay off of it until you can have it evaluated.
Dr. Meeta Pancholi
Podiatry 26 years experience
Depends : if it is in good alignment, you may get more help from a foot/ankle specialist. As long as there is no broken skin, taping the toe and icing is a good idea until you can be seen

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