Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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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:

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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Last Updated: Jun 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Fractured Toe References
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