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What do you do if your big toe is broken?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See podiatrist

To HAV e it x-rayed and evaluated.
You need to know if the fracure is involved with the joint and also if it is comminuted (multiple pieces). Please do not....Do nothing. The big toe is very important in walking - do not underestimate this injury.

In brief: See podiatrist

To HAV e it x-rayed and evaluated.
You need to know if the fracure is involved with the joint and also if it is comminuted (multiple pieces). Please do not....Do nothing. The big toe is very important in walking - do not underestimate this injury.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See a doctor

Fractures of the big toe can be a big problem. First, the big toe is very important and you're going to want it working well for the rest your life.
Second, they need to be properly evaluated with x-rays. Third, you may not have broken your toe, but your foot or may have a bigger problem, and might even need surgery. This may be a bigger deal, and your big toe is essential for walking and running.

In brief: See a doctor

Fractures of the big toe can be a big problem. First, the big toe is very important and you're going to want it working well for the rest your life.
Second, they need to be properly evaluated with x-rays. Third, you may not have broken your toe, but your foot or may have a bigger problem, and might even need surgery. This may be a bigger deal, and your big toe is essential for walking and running.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
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Dr. Oliver Wang
Podiatry

In brief: Splint toe

If the fracture is not displaced, splinting is all that is required.
Taping the toe to prevent movement. Buddy taping to the next toe. Also wearing a stiff sole shoe to prevent flexing of the digit. In the office, we dispense a surgical velcro shoe with a wooden base to prevent bending to the toe. This give the fracture time to heal without interruption.

In brief: Splint toe

If the fracture is not displaced, splinting is all that is required.
Taping the toe to prevent movement. Buddy taping to the next toe. Also wearing a stiff sole shoe to prevent flexing of the digit. In the office, we dispense a surgical velcro shoe with a wooden base to prevent bending to the toe. This give the fracture time to heal without interruption.
Dr. Oliver Wang
Dr. Oliver Wang
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