Do you feel like your toe is broken but unsure? A broken toe is a fairly common injury when something heavy falls on your foot, when you’ve had an accident or you tripped on your toe. Most broken toes heal easily, but sometimes you need to go to the hospital for treatment. You need to learn to recognize when your toe is broken to decide whether to see a doctor.
Assess pain level. If your toe is broken you will feel pain when you put your weight on your leg, or when you press on it. You may still be able to walk, but the more you try, the worse the pain becomes. When you are in pain, it is not necessarily a broken toe, but if the pain persists, it is likely that the bone has broken or broken.
If you feel terrible pain every time you put your weight on your toe, then the fracture may be quite severe, then you should see a doctor immediately. Small fractures don’t hurt much, and you don’t necessarily need to go to the hospital.
Pain combined with a tingling sensation is a sign of a broken bone, and you need to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Check toe size. You need to determine if the toe is swollen, as this is a common sign of a fracture. If you simply tripped your foot, the pain would only last for a while and the toe would not be swollen. But if the bone breaks, the toe will almost certainly swell.
Place the injured toe next to the normal toe in the same position on the other foot. If it is much larger than a healthy finger, it is likely to have a fracture.
Observe the toe shape. When you compare the injured toe to the normal toe on the other leg, do you find it deformed or misaligned? If this happens, it is likely that the toe is broken quite badly and you must go to the hospital immediately. Small stretch marks do not change the shape of the toe.
Check out the color change. When a toe fractures, unlike a typical fall, a bruise often appears and changes the color of the toe, turning it red, yellow, blue, or black. Besides, the toe is bleeding, and all these signs indicate that the toe is broken.
If you can see through the skin and see a broken bone inside your toe, that’s the surest sign and you should see a doctor right away.
Check by palpation. If you can feel the bones moving inside, or there’s unusual movement inside your toe (and it’s painful!), there’s a good chance the toe is broken.
Know when to see a doctor. If your toe is painful, discolored, and swollen for several days, you should see a doctor. You may need an x-ray to make sure there’s a break, but there are times when your doctor will advise you not to touch it and let the toe heal on its own. But if the fracture is severe, additional treatment is required.
If the pain is too much for you to walk on your own, you should see a doctor immediately.
If your toe appears to be misaligned or excessively distorted, seek medical attention immediately.
Get emergency help if your toes become cold or tingly, or turn blue from lack of oxygen.
Broken Toe Care
Take care of your toes regularly until you see a doctor. Place the ice cubes in a plastic bag and wrap the ice pack with a cloth, then place the ice pack on top of the injured toe. Apply each compress for 20 minutes and do it until you see a doctor. Ice helps reduce swelling and stabilize the toe. Elevate your foot whenever possible and don’t walk long on your injured leg.
Do not apply ice continuously for more than 20 minutes because you can injure the skin of your toes if you leave it on for too long.
If you want, you should take a pain reliever such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
Follow your doctor’s instructions. During the exam, your doctor will take x-rays and teach you how to care for your toe. In some cases, the doctor has to straighten the bone, and if the fracture is too severe, they have to operate to put pins or screws into the toe, to fix the bone inside.
Let your toes rest. First, you must not participate in the activity that caused the injury, and avoid doing jobs that put pressure on the toe. Light walking, swimming, or cycling is possible, but you should not run or play contact sports for several weeks afterward. In general, you should rest your toe for the amount of time your doctor recommends.
When at home, you should elevate your legs to reduce swelling.
After several weeks of convalescence, slowly begin to use your toe again. If you feel pain, you should reduce the intensity to give the toe time to rest.
Change the dressing if necessary. Most fractures or fractures do not need a cast, instead your doctor will show you how to “bandage” the broken toe with the next toe. This is a way to keep the broken toe from swinging and avoid re-injury. Ask your doctor or nurse to show you how to change the bandages and gauze every few days to keep the area clean.
If after applying the toe, the toe loses feeling or changes color, it may be because the tape is tied too tightly. If so, you must remove it immediately and ask your doctor for instructions on how to tie it back.
People with diabetes should not bandage their toes, instead they should follow their doctor’s instructions by wearing special orthopedic shoes with flat soles.
Take care of severe wounds as directed by your doctor. If the fracture is quite severe and requires a cast, splint, or special shoes, then you need to rest your toe completely for 6 to 8 weeks. Fractures that require surgery require even longer healing time. In addition, during the rest period, you must re-examine several times to make sure the fracture is healing as planned.
Absolutely follow your doctor’s instructions when taking care of a serious wound, or it may take longer than necessary for the fracture to heal.