(Broken Toe; Fracture, Toe)
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
A toe fracture is a break in a toe bone.
This injury is caused by trauma from:
Things that may raise the risk of a toe fracture are:
Symptoms may be:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You will be asked how the injury happened. An exam will be done that focuses on your foot.
Images may be taken of your foot. This can be done with x-ray. Images are not always needed.
It can take 4 to 8 weeks for the toe to heal. The goals of treatment are to manage pain and support the bone as it heals. Options may be:
Putting Bones Back In Place
Some fractures cause pieces of bone to come apart. These pieces will need to be put back into place. This may be done:
Most fractures are due to accidents. They cannot be prevented.
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
Last Updated: 9/9/2020
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