How To Heal A Broken Toe
Learning how to heal a broken toe can lessen the time you are in pain and off of your feet. A broken toe can be surprising painful and it can take weeks before you are back to your normal routine. There are some steps you can take to heal a broken toe and lessen the pain.
To heal a broken toe, you will need:
- Ice pack
- Aspirin or ibuprofen
- Shoe with a stiff sole
- Gauze pad
- Medical tape
- Get some rest. Stay off of your foot with the broken toe as much as possible so it has a chance to heal. Activities that cause pain should be avoided for three to four weeks.
- Apply ice. Put ice wrapped in a towel or an ice pack on your broken toe to reduce the swelling. Ice should be applied for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time.
- Take a pain reliever. Aspirin or ibuprofen will help with the pain.
- Wear a good shoe. When you must wear a shoe it should be wide enough it doesn’t put pressure on the broken toe and it should have a stiff sole for protection.
- Take care of any bandage. If you doctor has taped your toes together with a gauze pad between them you will have to replace the pad and tape as needed to keep the toe immobile. Keeping the toes taped together helps to heal a broken toe.
- Elevate your foot. When you are sitting down elevate your foot. This helps to reduce the swelling and pain of a broken toe.
Tips: It can take up to ten weeks for a broken toe to heal completely. See a doctor so that he can order and x-ray to be sure that the bones are aligned properly and determine if you will need splinting or surgery.