Toe fracture

What is a toe fracture and does it need treatment?

Toe bones can be fractured from any sort of trauma, such as stubbing your toes or dropping something heavy on your toes. In the past you may have heard people say that “there’s nothing you can do about a broken toe”, but this is not always the case. If not treated properly, a broken toe can cause long-term pain, swelling and arthritis.

For this reason, if you suspect you have a broken toe we would always recommend an evaluation to ensure that you receive the right treatment.

How is a toe fracture treated?

If you have fractured a toe, it is important that the toe is able to heal in the correct position. This may involve wearing a splint or boot to help immobilise the involved joints.

As the fracture heals, a regime of gentle stretches and exercises may be recommended to help maintain mobility in the joints.

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