Toe Fractures

Toe fractures can certainly hurt, but they are rarely incapacitating or disabling.  They most frequently result from some type of trauma or impact. The majority of toe fractures can be healed without surgery. 


Your toes are part of your forefoot.  Your big toe is comprised of two bones called phalanges.  The rest of your toes are comprised of three bones. Your toes help you balance and walk.

Toe Fracture Causes

Toe fractures are most frequently caused by trauma.  A direct impact, such as dropping an object on the toe, walking into a solid object, or significantly stubbing the toe can break a bone.  Ballet dancers and some athletes are most at risk for toe fractures.

Toe Fracture Symptoms

Toe fractures can be very painful.  You may have a sudden intense pain at the time of the initial injury; followed by pain that may fade in and out.  You may be able to walk, but walking will likely increase the pain. Your toe may look swollen, bruised, or misshapen. 

Toe Fracture Diagnosis

Your doctor can diagnose a fractured toe by reviewing your medical history and injury circumstances and examining the affected toe.  An X-ray or bone scan is used to see the fracture to determine its extent and possible treatments.

Toe Fracture Treatment

Most toe fractures do not require surgery.  There are many ways to help your toe “rest” so it can heal without being agitated by continued use.  You may wear a toe splint or your doctor may “buddy tape” two of your toes together to provide support and stability to the injured toe. You may need to wear rigid walking shoes to protect the toe.

Toe Fracture Surgery

Surgery may be used to realign bones that have broken and moved out of place.  Surgery may be necessary if a fracture involves a joint. Surgical hardware, such as pins, will be used to hold the bones in place while they knit back together.

Toe Fracture Recovery

Recovery is individualized and depends on the extent of your injury and the type of treatment you receive.  It can take several weeks for a toe fracture to heal. Your doctor will let you know what to expect.

Toe Fracture Prevention

It is important to see a doctor if you suspect that you have a toe fracture. Treatment is necessary to prevent complications and to ensure proper healing.

At SPORT, we will identify the source of your pain and then utilize state-of-the-art therapeutic techniques that focus on restoring your range of motion.

Depending on the specific condition and its severity, these treatment options may include physical therapy, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, slings and supports, cortisone shots, or surgery.

If you have an acute or chronic foot or ankle injury that needs medical attention, call SPORT at (469) 200-2832 to arrange a consultation or you can request one online. Hurt today? We can arrange a same-day urgent care visit to ensure you get fast, effective relief.

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