People tend to have many misconceptions when it comes to what should or should not be done when taking care of a broken or severely injured toe. A major myth about a broken toe is that the toe can’t be broken if you can walk on it, but this is not true, especially in the case of a stress fracture or minor break which may only be present with intermittent pain.
You may be able to treat a minor toe injury by resting and avoiding continued pressure on the toe, but if swelling and pain persist for more than a day or two, see your foot doctor for the proper evaluation and treatment. Treating a broken toe properly is necessary to help prevent future complications including arthritis and constant pain. If a broken toe is reset in a bent position, surgery may be needed to straighten it out.
3 treatments for a broken or severely sprained toe may include the following:
- Specially made inserts, splints, and braces—These custom made orthotic devices can be used to isolate, support, and cushion the affected toe. You may also need specially designed shoes with a wide toe box area and extra room for the supports.
- Immobilization with a rigid plastic boot—A rigid boot may have to be worn to completely immobilize the foot and protect the injured toe.
- Taping—A broken or severely sprained toe can be taped to an adjoining toe to help prevent movement.
If you need help treating a broken toe, see your foot care professional for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!