Broken toe? What to do?


Here is a patient that came in with a painful 2nd toe.  She had fallen and injured the toe and it has been swollen and black and blue for 9 weeks.  The redness is still around the toe and she had a little break on the 2nd toe as you can see from the x-ray.  How do we treat this?

Patient will start to tape the toes together to help reduce swelling as well stabilize the toe.  Patient was well will wear a wider shoe to reduce pressure.  However, the best option is to rest and take it easy until it feels better.  Breaks usually take 6-8 weeks to heal.