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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

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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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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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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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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