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Broken Toe Overview

Another name for Broken Toe is Toe Fracture.

What is a toe fracture?
A person with a toe fracture has broken one of the bones in a toe. A toe fracture may occur with a toe dislocation or toenail injury. A toe fracture is one of the most common fractures. Usually, a toe fracture heals within 6 weeks.

What are the symptoms of a toe fracture?
Symptoms of a toe fracture include toe pain, swelling, bruising, or deformity. Additional symptoms include a subungual hematoma or a toenail injury.

How does the doctor treat a toe fracture?
Treatment for a toe fracture includes rest, cold compresses, elevation, a splint, protective shoe, and crutches. Occasionally, surgery may be required to repair a severe fracture of the first toe.

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Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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