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What is the difference in treatment of a broken or sprained little toe?
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Dr. Stephen Prefontaine
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Stephen Prefontaine
Dr. Stephen Prefontaine
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bone vs soft tissue
A broen toe means a fracture of the bone, a sprain is a tendon or ligament injury.

In brief: Bone vs soft tissue
A broen toe means a fracture of the bone, a sprain is a tendon or ligament injury.
Dr. James Lunsford
Dr. James Lunsford
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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Very little
Whether broken or sprained, an injury to the little toe is treated with conservative measures: taping, wearing stiff soled shoes to prevent bending, and taking some over the counter anti-inflammatories.
What you get out of the xray is a prognosis: you'll know how long it takes to heal. A week or so for a sprain, 3 weeks or so for a fracture.

In brief: Very little
Whether broken or sprained, an injury to the little toe is treated with conservative measures: taping, wearing stiff soled shoes to prevent bending, and taking some over the counter anti-inflammatories.
What you get out of the xray is a prognosis: you'll know how long it takes to heal. A week or so for a sprain, 3 weeks or so for a fracture.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
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