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I have been told I have a proximal toe fracture in my 4th toe. It is tapped to next toe but it is so painful I can't walk! What can I use for support?

I have been told I have a proximal toe fracture in my 4th toe. It is tapped to next toe but it is so painful I can't walk! What can I use for support?

Postop sandal: Typically toe fractures can be treated with 'buddy taping' and a special sandal until the swelling and pain allow return to close toed shoes. Anti-inflammatories or Acetaminophen can be used for pain if needed. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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What are the tests for toe fracture?

What are the tests for toe fracture?

X-ray: We take x-rays to determine if there are any fractures. ...Read more

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How bad is 1 mm phalanax great toe fracture?

How bad is 1 mm phalanax great toe fracture?

A fracture is a: Fracture. If you're talking about a1 mm. Gap between the fragments, then it isn't much of a healing problem. A gap of 2 mm. Or more is more of a problem and the fracture needs to be reduced by manipulation under local anesthesia or sometimes via surgical reduction. ...Read more

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I have a toe fracture in one of my toes and all of my toes are swollen, why is that?

I have a toe fracture in one of my toes and all of my toes are swollen, why is that?

You may have: Banged your foot so all the toes suffered a contusion but only one broke...The one with greatest impact.... ...Read more

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Recently, I had a toe fracture and the swelling last for 6weeks and it still swelling. Normally how long does toe fracture and the swelling heal?

Recently, I had a toe fracture and the swelling last for 6weeks and it still swelling. Normally how long does toe fracture and the swelling heal?

Toe fracture: Bone fractures might take 4-6 weeks to heal. However, if treatment is not adequate, healing can be delayed or it might heal incorrectly causing chronic pain and swelling. For toe fracture, if you don't splint/buddy-tape the injured toe or you continue with physical activities using that toe, fracture might not heal and you continue to have pain and swelling. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for toe fracture?

What is the treatment for toe fracture?

Usually splinting: Most toe fractures, if in good alignment, will respond well to splinting. Taping the fractured toe to the adjacent toe (s) for several weeks (3-6) along with a good, stiff shoe or surgical shoe is usually adequate. If concerns, have it evaluated. Not all fracture respond with simple treatment. If misalignment or continued pain, have an examination. Dr l. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a toe fracture to heal?

1-2 months: Healing depends on alignment, persons ability to heal and how well you take care of it. You can have residual soreness for several months. Wear a good stiff shoe and limit your activity. Dr l. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms that can follow a toe fracture?

Pain and swelling: Usually pain and swelling along with bruising is present. Sometimes deformity, misalignment, is present. Have it evaluated if pain is not improving, deformity is present or any concerns. Dr l. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Toe fracture?

Break: A fracture is a traumatic loss in continuity of the cortex of a bone; it is described as a toe fracture when it involves the digits of the lower extremity. ...Read more

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What will happen if I leave my toe fracture alone, will it heal on its own?

Usually: As long as the toe is in good alignment and it feels like it is improving, then it should heal. Stay in a stiff shoe and limit activity to tolerance. See your podiatrist is concerns. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't straighten out a toe after a displaced toe fracture?

What happens if you don't straighten out a toe after a displaced toe fracture?

Shoe fitting problem: It could heal in a bad position. This could lead to a fused toe in a bad position leading to shoe wear problems. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a big toe fracture to heal?

6 to 8 weeks: Usually at a minimum 6 to 8 weeks but pain swelling persists longer, but must have the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I get my friend treatment for his? Toe fracture?

How can I get my friend treatment for his? Toe fracture?

Maybe buddy taping: Often, simple toe-fracture does not require casting/high-tech treatment. Supportive care with pain control (motrin/tylenol or something stronger) and simple buddy-taping (wrapping fractured-toe to the one next to it to give support) will do the job. If severe pain, deformed toe (bad fx), u may need additional rx. Consult doc for an eval. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a toe fracture and a sprain?

What is the main difference between a toe fracture and a sprain?

Bone vs soft tissue: A toe fracture means one of the bones are broken, a sprain is a tear or strain of the soft tissues such as tendons or ligaments. ...Read more

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Two months after displaced last toe fracture. I am unable to wear closed shoes?

May need surgery: If a fracture has healed in poor alignment, you may need surgery to have it corrected. ...Read more

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I had a toe fracture when I was 11. I'm 27 now and when I walk I am getting pain on my fractured area. Could they be related?

Possibly: Depending on the toe the fracture could have healed in a slightly deformed position causing early arthritis in the joint in the toe. Going to see a doctor to get an x-ray of the foot could possibly show this. If this is truly painful a fusion of the joint may be required to remove this pain. ...Read more

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After a month of displaced toe fracture it's now dry gangrene. Immobile hard scaly. Also my last three toes don't touch the ground in neutral position?

After a month of displaced toe fracture it's now dry gangrene. Immobile hard scaly. Also my last three toes don't touch the ground in neutral position?

Are you seeing: A doctor? You need to be under the care of a doctor.
Sometimes people call a scab dry gangrene. Your vascular status and that of the dislocation need to be assessed, ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! What do they do for a big toe fracture?

Need doctor's help! What do they do for a big toe fracture?

Get evaluated: Most toe fractures without out apparent deformity other than swelling heal with minimal treatment other than stiff soled opened toe shoe +- buddy taping. The great toe needs at least an xray and advice of a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon as to whether or not surgery is necessary to prevent deformity and or arthritis. ...Read more

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Can I wear regular walking shoes for recovery after big toe fracture?

Can I wear regular walking shoes for recovery after big toe fracture?

Thick soles are best: The stiffer the sole of the shoe, the less the toe bends. The less it bends, the faster it heals. ...Read more

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What are some treatment options for great toe fracture at the base of the distal phalanx?

What are some treatment options for great toe fracture at the base of the distal phalanx?

Immobilizatioin: Toe strapping and rigid surgical shoe. On occasion if displaced, it may require surgical reduction. ...Read more

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I had a displaced fifth toe fracture 3 days ago reduced with buddy taping. I cant hang my foot down, results in severe pain. How should I walk?

Not my buddy: Since you mention displaced fracture and buddy taping, it sounds like it has already been examined, x-rayed and splinted by a pro. If not, do it. When a bone breaks blood to the bone increases, increasing the pressure. When you hang it down, the pressure increases more. That increases pain. Elevate it. The taping may be slowing the blood out of toe increasing pain. Adjust it. Use fx shoe, crutch. ...Read more

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Big toe fracture with toenail torn off. How long should swelling and pain persist? Xray was normal 6 months later but still swollen and painful.

OPEN FRACTURE: My question is: When the nail became torn off, was the nail bed cut open exposing the toe bones. If so, this is called an open fracture, with a chance of bone infection. If you were my patient, I would get a CBC, ESR, and MRI, checking for osteomyelitis. The MRI can also detect a non-healing fracture. Good luck.
Dr. Latva ...Read more

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What to do after a pinky toe fracture two+ years ago? My moms foot gets swollen and can hardly walk on it. She in pain. Pain relievers not working.

What to do after a pinky toe fracture two+ years ago? My moms foot gets swollen and can hardly walk on it. She in pain. Pain relievers not working.

Get an x-ray: Have a new x-ray taken to evaluate the bone. Often times after a fracture one may develop arthritis or a bony overgrowth. See a specialist and get their professional advice. ...Read more

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I had fifth toe fracture last week. Yesterday I noted a large bruise in the centre of foot extremely painful and is not letting me hang my foot/walk?

I had fifth toe fracture last week. Yesterday I noted a large bruise in the centre of foot extremely painful and is not letting me hang my foot/walk?

BRUISE/SPRAIN: You hit your toe against something hard enough to break it. My guess is, you hit the rest of the foot hard also, but didn't notice it because the toe hurt so much. Now it's badly bruised.
Sincerely,
Dr. Latva ...Read more

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How long DES it take to heal bone fracture in 81 year old after surgery (big toe fracture and wrist dislocation)?

6-8 weeks: Bone fractures are generally healed completely in 6-8 weeks. It is safe to say there is some degree of osteoporosis in a 81 year old but this is a general rule. ...Read more

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How do you treat a stress fracture at the 4th toe?

THAT'S DIFFERENT: A more unusual location. Anyway, I would WB in a surgical shoe to start. DON'T SMOKE! ...Read more

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I found out yesterday that I have an oblique fracture of the 4th toe. I am elevating and icing it. How long should I expect this intensity of pain?

I found out yesterday that I have an oblique fracture of the 4th toe. I am elevating and icing it. How long should I expect this intensity of pain?

Depends on your body: Bone takes approximately 6-8 weeks to heal in the average healthy individual. But as mentioned in other responses, the worst of the pain should subside before then. Rest, ice, proper compression and elevation should all help reduce your pain level. I would recommend speaking to your healthcare provider regarding anti-inflammatory or pain medication if the pain is severe. ...Read more

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Stress fractures in 4th toe, left foot, also in ball of foot, have healed. Now have pain in toe, not ball, when I curl my toes and lift. How to treat?

Stress fractures in 4th toe, left foot, also in ball of foot, have healed. Now have pain in toe, not ball, when I curl my toes and lift. How to treat?

Saa a podiatrist: If the toe was fractured it may not be completely healed, or there may be some bone callous that is blocking motion.
See podiatrist for exam and x-ray. ...Read more

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What could I do to heal a fractured/broken toe?

Splint: The most common treatment for a fractured toe is splint to prevent movement - usually we 'buddy tape' the toe to the one next to it as a splint. This works since the joints do not line up from toe to toe and so the injured one won't bend. This assumes the toe is relatively well aligned - swelling should be treated with cold packs/ice packs. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a broken toe and a fractured toe?

How can you tell the difference between a broken toe and a fractured toe?

With an X-ray: Semantically, a fractured toe indicates that the bone (phalanges) are actually cracked. It is a broken toe. However, some doctors also call a dislocated toe (without the actual fracture) a broken toe. So when you are told you have a broken toe, you may want to ask specifically if there is a fracture, if it is just dislocated or both! ...Read more

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Could a healing fracture of 3rd and 4th metatarsal cause intense pain in those toes? I don't remember injuring the foot to cause this.

Could a healing fracture of 3rd and 4th metatarsal cause intense pain in those toes? I don't remember injuring the foot to cause this.

Neuroma pain.: There could be a very good chance you have a morton's neuroma. It is a nerve between your 3rd and 4th metatarsals that can cause intense pain to the respected toes. It is worse with tight shoes on and relieved by going without shoes. I was suggest having it looked at by a Podiatrist. Probably not a fracture since there is no obvious trauma. Neuromas are a common problem. ...Read more

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After 4th metatarsal nondisplaced fracture completely healed will foot be back to normal & I can wear same types of shoes that I wore prior to break?

After 4th metatarsal nondisplaced fracture completely healed will foot be back to normal & I can wear same types of shoes that I wore prior to break?

Broken foot bone: I would expect you to be able to return completely to your normal shoes and activities. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Is it more difficult & lengthy process to treat & recover from a stress fracture of the foot or is it worse for a nondisplaced 4th metasaursal break?

Is it more difficult & lengthy process to treat & recover from a stress fracture of the foot or is it worse for a nondisplaced 4th metasaursal break?

Varies.: A stress fracture and a non displaced fracture of the fourth metatarsal are not mutually exclusive. A stress fracture simply implies the mechanism of the fracture occurrence. When a serious of stresses is applied to a bone that overcomes the bones ability to remodel and recover from stress, a stress fracture occurs. These fractures often respond to a reduction in the activity that led to it. ...Read more

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The proximal part of my 4th MT of left foot had a fracture 4 months ago. Today I fell down and got hurt at same spot. Can there be a fracture again?

Possibly: It is certainly possible. If the pain is fairly mild, you might just rest it and see how it does over the next 2-3 days. If the oain is severe or persists, I would probably be seen for an exam and X-ray. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for calus formation for a fourth proximal phalanx fracture of foot?

Bone healing: There are many different factors that can help determine the rate at which bone heals. Somethings we can control, whether the fx site is immobilized, swelling is controlled, pt. Smoking hx etc. Others we have less control over such as, age, metabolic condition, or the type of fractue that occured just to na, e a few. It may benefit you to have xrays and see a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Dr. Hubert Lee
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Toe Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a traumatic loss in continuity of the cortex of a bone; it is described as a toe fracture when it involves the digits ...Read more