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What is the difference in treatment of a broken or sprained little toe?

What is the difference in treatment of a broken or sprained little toe?

Toe injury: Treatment of both are essentially the same. You may "buddy" tape your small toe with the adjacent toe which will act as a splint. Also, it would be beneficial to wear a stiff/supportive-soled shoe to protect from too much motion while walking. Fractures will heal within 3-4 weeks generally and most likely sooner for a sprain. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


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Discomfort & burning down side of foot when touch/pressure on little toe for 1 yr. "interdigital nerve comp. of 2 smallest toes".What treatment?

Discomfort & burning down side of foot when touch/pressure on little toe for 1 yr. "interdigital nerve comp. of 2 smallest toes".What treatment?

Targeted blocks.: First of all the problem, as you describe it, may not be an inter digital nerve compression. The problem could also be a nerve compression or dystrophy of the sural nerve. By targeted nerve blocks to various levels of either nerve, there is a good chance of isolating the area of entrapment. The quest may take a couple of visits but it seems to me to be the most straight forward. ...Read more

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Hit ankle now is swollen painful when walking and little toe and foot is cold what is wrong with it what treatment do I need?

Hit ankle now is swollen painful when walking and little toe and foot is cold what is wrong with it what treatment do I need?

Ankle: First you need to see a foot and ankle dr to get an x-ray to make sure there is no fracture and you should elevate it. Foot could be cold fot many reasos to many to mention here. ...Read more

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I have a broken little toe or a sprain, what to do?

I have a broken little toe or a sprain, what to do?

Have it looked at.: You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture or if it is just a sprain. If fractured, you will need to be immobilized with a splint, cast, or rigid walking boot depending on the location of the injury. If fractured, it may need to be reduced in the office or possibly in the operating room. Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I've sprained my little toe should I rap up my foot in a bandage?

I've sprained my little toe should I rap up my foot in a bandage?

Buddy tape toe: You can "buddy tape" your little (5th) toe to it's neighboring (4th) toe. Wrap both toes together with medical tape, to provide stability and support. Wear a comfortable shoe/sneaker or bunion shoe. Ice toe and elevate foot if toe is swollen. If pain/swelling persists, seek medical attention to rule out a significant fracture. ...Read more

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I sprained my little toe, how do I heal it?

I sprained my little toe, how do I heal it?

Taping to next toe: A sprained toe can be taped to the next toe, just be careful to not tape it too tightly. Sprains that don't heal need to be checked by your doctor to rule out a fracture or other injury. ...Read more

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Bruised my little toe, sprained my left wrist & ripped my toe nail off, any tips for healing process?

Bruised my little toe, sprained my left wrist & ripped my toe nail off, any tips for healing process?

Protect the nailbed: Put a bandage over the toe to keep it protected. I could be months before the toenail grows back. ...Read more

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Slightly thick/crumbly little toe nail.? There is no pain..? What can it be? What can be basic preventive/cure to get it back to normal?

Slightly thick/crumbly little toe nail.? There is no pain..? What can it be? What can be basic preventive/cure to get it back to normal?

Fungus or trauma: Pinky toes are subject to pressure from shoes. This can cause thickening and discoloration of nail. Also this can make nail more suceptible to fungus infection which can present the same way. See podiatrist for evaluation and diagnosis. ...Read more

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His little toe is very swollen, red and painful. He works outdoors in the cold but can't remember banging it at any time to cause injury. ?

His little toe is very swollen, red and painful. He works outdoors in the cold but can't remember banging it at any time to cause injury. ?

Inflammation....: You have described the cardinal signs of classic inflammation. Not necessarily an infection, but certainly inflamed. All flannel aside, the toe needs to be examined. Sooner is always better than later, just in case a easy treatment can end the problem quickly. ...Read more

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Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more