Injury of the Toe Treatment
Treatment for a toe injury includes rest, cold compresses, and elevation. Additional treatment for a toe injury may include a splint and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Lacerations may require wound cleansing and repair. Occasionally, surgery may be required to repair a severe fracture of the first toe.
Specific treatment of a toe injury may include:
- Wound cleansing
- Wound repair
- Elevate the toe.
- Cold compresses
- Toenail injury treatment
- Open toe shoe for toe injury:
- Post-op shoe
- Buddy tape toes
- Taping an injured 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
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Injury of the Toe Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of toe injury.
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?
- Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?
Injury of the Toe Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a toe injury:
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