Overview Of A Broken Toe
A common injury that happens often when someone drops something on their foot is a broken toe. In most cases, it takes up to six weeks for this to completely heal, but can be as little as four weeks. A broken toe may also be referred to as a fracture. The good news is that even if the toe is broken, you can often care for this at home.
Times when a Doctor is needed
Though a toe can be treated at by you at home, there are times in which you may want to see your healthcare provider:
- If the pain becomes worse even after using over the counter pain medication
- If the swelling or discoloration does not begin to improve in a few days
- There is a wound near the break that may be at an increased chance of infection
You should go to the hospital if:
- The toes are numb and cold as this could signal nerve damage
- The skin on the toe has a blue or grey color
- If there is an open wound since it can become infected
- If the toe is bent or distorted at an awkward angle
Tests and Diagnosis
- Throughout the physical assessment, your GP will look for points of sensitivity in your toes. He or she will also examine the skin nearby your wound to make certain it’s undamaged and that the toe is still getting sufficient blood.
- If your GP believes that you have a shattered toe, he or she will possibly send you for X-rays of your foot so he can examine all possible angles so he can determine the damage. Get all deals & discounts for Kinobody to save money
At Home Care
Here are some tips to help you care for your broken toe at home:
- Place cotton between the broken toe and a good toe, then utilize tape to wrap these two to act as a splint.
- Use a shoe that is comfortable and is stiff on the bottom so you do not reinjure your toe
- Keep the foot elevated as often as possible to reduce the pain and swelling
- Use an ice pack for the first few days to help with swelling.
- Do not walk or stand too long as this can cause the injury to last longer
- Utilize over the counter medications for pain
Remember that if the toe is broken and is bent, then you do need an x-ray to show how to properly align the toe for healing.
Elevation and ice can assist in diminishing the inflammation and discomfort. Support your foot up so that your wound is above the level of your heart. When applying ice, cover it in a dishtowel because it can damage the skin if applied directly, and only leave it for about 2o minutes each time.