By Sarah Howes
How to Cure a Broken Toe
A broken toe or toe fracture is a painful experience that is usually caused by an injury to the foot such as dropping something heavy on your toes or a prolonged injury such as continuous kicking that can occur in the sport of martial arts.
Common symptoms of a broken toe include pain, swollen toe, redness, deformed looking toe (angled toe) and bruising. In order to reduce the pain and heel faster, it is advised that you should immediately use the ICE and ELEVATE technique to reduce the symptoms.
- ICE – apply an ice pack or ice in a bag wrapped in a towel to the affected area for 15-20 minutes. Repeat as necessary every 1-2 hours. Over icing the injury could lead to frostbite.
- ELEVATE – the foot above the heart which is easily achieved by lying down and propping up the foot on some pillows. The elevated foot will limit the blood flow to the foot reducing the swelling.
Avoid any activity that will cause pain and refrain from wearing shoes to keep the pressure off the injured toe as this will lead to a swollen toe. If your big toe is broken then it will cause more pain when walking compared to the other toes, using crutches can help with mobility but it is best to rest and recover from the injury.
Breaking your toe can be a very painful experience but luckily, there are things you can do at home to help the healing process go smoother.
Broken Toe Medication
Taking over the counter medication can help ease the pain however a doctor will be able to prescribe the recommend medication if necessary. Although a broken toe can be healed at home by making a toe splint, if the pain is increasing and getting worse then it is best to seek medical examination as soon as possible in order to heel the toe correctly.
Depending on the extent of the injury your doctor will recommend if its necessary to wear a cast or a special shoe to heel the fracture. An x-ray will help your doctor diagnose the problem however it is not always necessary if the smaller toes are broken. A broken toe can take up to six weeks to heal.
Broken Toe Summary
Prevention is always the first step in reducing an injury. Wearing protective steel cap shoes in required environments such as the workplace can help reduce an injury but it is obviously not always practical to wear such items.
Most broken toes can be healed at home however it may be necessary to seek medical attention from your doctor if the injury is getting worse. If you have broken your toe then it is best to take the necessary steps in order to recover fast in order to get yourself fully mobile again. Play it safe and do your toe a favour by getting your toe checked out by your doctor or health professional.