How do I know if my big toe is broken?

Signs and symptoms your toe may be broken include:

  1. Pain or tenderness.
  2. Swelling.
  3. Redness.
  4. Blood under the toenail or broken toenail.
  5. Stiffness.
  6. Bruises or discoloration of the skin around the toe.
  7. The toe may appear abnormal, and may even look bent or deformed if the broken bone is out of place.

What do you do for a broken big toe?

Broken and injured toes are often treated through:

  1. Ice.
  2. Rest.
  3. Splinting, known as “buddy taping,” where the broken toe is taped alongside a neighboring healthy toe.
  4. Casting, if the toe has become dislocated.
  5. Wearing podiatrist-provided stiff-soled shoes to support the fracture.
  6. Pain & anti-inflammatory medication.

Should I go to the doctor for a broken big toe?

When to Call a Doctor If you think you broke your toe, it’s best to have your doctor look at it. Even though you can often treat it yourself, a broken toe can sometimes lead to more serious problems, like infection, arthritis, or long-term foot pain.

How do I know if my big toe is sprained?

What are the symptoms of a sprained toe?

  1. pain, often in the entire toe or even the area around it.
  2. tenderness.
  3. swelling.
  4. bruising.
  5. trouble moving your toe.
  6. joint instability.

Will a broken big toe heal itself?

Most broken toes will heal on their own with proper care at home. It can take 4 to 6 weeks for complete healing. Most pain and swelling will go away within a few days to a week.

How painful is a broken big toe?

Usually a break will hurt right where the bone has fractured. With a sprain, the pain may be felt in a more general area around the toe. The only way to tell for sure if the injury is a break or a sprain is to see your doctor. They can examine your toe and determine the type of injury.

Did I break or sprain my big toe?

The critical difference between a broken and sprained toe is in the mobility of the toe. A broken toe will have little to no movement while a sprained toe will still have some mobility, although it may be painful. If you’re unable to move your toe, it may be broken.

What is the fastest way to heal a broken big toe?

Keep off your affected foot as much as possible and avoid putting pressure on it. Elevating the affected foot can also reduce swelling. Wear supportive shoes with a high, wide toe box or open toes to avoid further irritation or injury to the toe. Apply essential oils which help to aid in the healing process.

How long does a broken big toe take to heal?

Most broken toes heal well, usually within four to six weeks. Sometimes, a broken toe may become infected or increase the risk of osteoarthritis in that toe in the future.

How to mend a broken toe at home?

Ice pack. To reduce swelling,place some sort of barrier (i.e.

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  • Comfrey,St. John’s wort,and Wormwood Salve.
  • Stabilization and elevation.
  • Valerian Tincture.