Fractured Toe Treatment
Treatment for a toe fracture depends on the severity of the fracture. General measures include rest, cold compresses, elevation, and a toe splint. A protective shoe and crutches can help with walking and provide comfort. Less commonly, surgery may be required to repair a severe fracture of the first toe.
Treatment for a toe fracture may include:
- Elevate the toe.
- Cold compresses
- Toenail injury treatment
- Open toe shoe for toe fracture:
- Post-op shoe
- Buddy tape toes
- Taping a fractured toe to the adjacent normal toe
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Surgery for a toe fracture:
- To repair severe fractures
Fractured Toe Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of toe fracture.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Will I need surgery?
- Does my toenail need to be removed?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Will I lose my toenail?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for another toe injury?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
Fractured Toe Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a toe fracture:
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