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Broken Toe Buddy Tape
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
I have a broken first toe which I buddy taped and elevate and ice every hour. When I wake up (I sleep elevated) my toe is always in extreme pain.
See below: Tape the toe to the toes each side of the fractured toe. ...Read more
Med eval: Sometimes it is recommended to tape a fractured toe and sometimes it might be harmful. Not all toe fractures are alike. Really can't make a recommendation but, after evaluation a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon could. Take care. ...Read more
Broken toe: If it does look deformed and it's one of the smaller toes you can tape it to an adjoining toe for support. You also need to wear an open toe shoe or a wide shoe. Otherwise you need an evaluation by a doctor. ...Read more
Maybe not much!: Depending on the toe, pehaps not much for rehab. If it is a 5th toe you would ususally not do much. If it is a great toe or a middle toe, maybe! this would depend on what the therapy was for. Is it postoperative after wires or plates or screws? Usually a broken toe is splinted and when healed, you are done. There may be instances where restoration of motion would be more important & need pt. ...Read more
Six to eight weeks: Most toe fractures heal in four to six weeks but swelling may take longer to resolve. ...Read more
X-Ray: X-rays are usually taken to check the progress of bone healing. ...Read more
No feeling: You may have permanently damaged the nerve so it will not return but it is way too early to determine that. You are going to have to give it at least 2 to 3 months to find out if the nerve has been permanently damaged. In the meantime use warm compresses on the area. These will help the nerve. Remember warm not hot as hot will cause more damage. ...Read more
See a doctor: You need to have your foot examined so that an x-ray can be taken to assess the fracture and determine what the best course of action is. ...Read more
See a podiatrist: If concerned then see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more