Broken Toe: What To Do
Looking for information on a broken toe: what to do? If you dropped something on your foot or stubbed your foot, it is possible that you may have sustsained a broken toe. How to treat your broken toe depends on the severity of the break. Most broken toes can be treated by taping the toe to the neighboring toe that isn't broken, which is known as immobilization. However, if the fracture is severe, or if you broke your big toe, it is possible that you may need a cast or surgery.
Surgery. If you broke your toe, you should immediately consult with your primary care physician or an orthopedic surgeon. In most cases, your primary care physician will likely refer you to an orthopedic surgeon anyway, but you can normally get an appointment with your primary care physician quicker. During your inital consultation, you will want to explain to the doctor your symptoms, how the injury occurred, if you have any other medical problems, and if you are taking any dietary supplements or medications. In addition to a physical exmaination and x-rays, your doctor can use this information to form a treatment plan for your broken toe.
Reduction. Before immobilization or surgery is considered, your doctor may have to perform a reduction for your broken toe. During a reduction, your doctor will manipulate the bones in your broken toe with his or her hands to get them back into their proper positions. To help control the pain associated with the reduction, your doctor may inject an aneshetic into your broken toe or apply ice. In most cases, any pain that you are experiencing from your broken toe can be controlled with an over the counter medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If your pain is severe, talk to your doctor about obtaining a prescription painkiller.