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what do you do if your big toe is broken?

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine 28 years experience
See a doctor: Fractures of the big toe can be a big problem. First, the big toe is very important and you're going to want it working well for the rest your life. Second, they need to be properly evaluated with x-rays. Third, you may not have broken your toe, but your foot or may have a bigger problem, and might even need surgery. This may be a bigger deal, and your big toe is essential for walking and running.
Dr. Oliver Wang
Podiatry 10 years experience
Splint toe: If the fracture is not displaced, splinting is all that is required. Taping the toe to prevent movement. Buddy taping to the next toe. Also wearing a stiff sole shoe to prevent flexing of the digit. In the office, we dispense a surgical velcro shoe with a wooden base to prevent bending to the toe. This give the fracture time to heal without interruption.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
See podiatrist: To HAV e it x-rayed and evaluated. You need to know if the fracure is involved with the joint and also if it is comminuted (multiple pieces). Please do not....Do nothing. The big toe is very important in walking - do not underestimate this injury.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What can I do for a broken big toe?

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Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
A lot depends...: On where the break is at. If it is not into a joint, there should be some degree of worry about displacement as well. Rest, ice, compression, elevation and splinting will help. See a podiatrist for an x-ray and make sure it doesn't get worse.
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What is done for a broken big toe?

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Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
A lot depends...: On where the break is at. If it is not into a joint, there should be some degree of worry about displacement as well. Rest, ice, compression, elevation and splinting will help. See a podiatrist for an x-ray and make sure it doesn't get worse.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How can I treat broken big toe?

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Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 43 years experience
Hallux fracture: First- you shouldn't treat it yourself! an x-ray is necessary to be sure that the break is in good alignment- otherwise poor healing can result with long-term problems. If the x-ray shows good alignment and no joint involvement, a surgical shoe with a stiff sole, or a cam walker for 2-4 weeks will help.
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What will a doctor do for a broken big toe?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Depends if....: Displaced or not. A simple non displace fracture is normally treated by immobilization to the next toe and a special shoe. If bad displacement then surgery may be needed.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Broken big toe and red, is it infected?

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Dr. Eric Tepper
Podiatry 41 years experience
Fracture blister: Following a fracture, it is common to have a blood blister form over the area. It is only possible for an infection to occur if the skin has been broken.

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