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

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

Dr. James Dukelow
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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 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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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.

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.
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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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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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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,
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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 is the best diet and routines i can add to my life to help the healing process of a bone fracture (broken big toe)?

What is the best diet and routines i can   add to my life to help the healing process of a bone fracture (broken big toe)?

That toe : Fracture is getting to you. Relax, be thankful it was not worse. You didn't tell us how you broke it. One thing you can check is your vitamin d levels, many people are low. Make sure yours are normal, if not supplement as per your doc to get them normal. Again, your injury doesn't sound so severe, so try and relax. Sounds like you will heal fine. ...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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How long does it take for a fracture in a big toe to heal?

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

It depends: A number of factors can affect bone healing- how badly fractured it is, whether it is still in alignment, what the treatment is, and if you smoke, drink a lot of soda and/or caffeine, among other factors. Usually, a time frame of 4-6 weeks is needed. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it take for my stubbed/fractured big toe to heal?

Can someone tell me how long will it take for my stubbed/fractured big toe to heal?

Stubbed/fractured?: If it is stubbed, then it'll probably be a contusion that will take a few days to subside. If there is bruising under the nail, there's a chance that you'll still see some residual bruising at that nail for up to a year, but the toe would be ok. However, if you fractured the toe, then it's a minimum of 6-8 weeks if you started treating the toe after it was injured. ...Read more

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How long willit take for a fractured big toe to heal?

6 weeks: For bone to heal if properly immobilized. Soft tissue swelling will most likely take a lot longer to completely resolve. ...Read more

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For a child how long does a fracture in the big toe take to heal?

For a child how long does a fracture in the big toe take to heal?

4-6 weeks: That is the "normal" time range, but kids tend to heal faster. If there really is a fracture, it's best to get an x-ray and make sure there is not any joint involvement. The big toe joints are really important in walking and running! ...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 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 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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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 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?

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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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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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. 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