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A 26-year-old male asked:

i've probly just broken my 4th toe, it's pointing slightly sideways. is it safe to just buddy-tape it or i need to see a doctor? i don't want an xray.

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Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
Tough Break.: Well if you don't want to have an x-ray, the seriousness of the apparent fracture can only be guessed. You certainly can reduce the fracture deformity yourself by first pulling outward and then aligning it straight. If the toe remains relatively straight, then begin the taping procedure. If you are a little weak kneeded about it, then it would be best to see a specialist. Apply ice for swelling.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How can you tell if your toe is broken without an xray?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Can't: Without an x-ray you are only guessing if broken.

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Last updated Oct 21, 2015

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