A toe fracture is a break or crack of the bone in your toe. You may have a break in several places or the break may be in a joint between the toes.
Broken toes are often caused by a direct hit—like when you kick a hard object or something lands on the toe. A toe might also break if you twist your foot.
If you play a sport where you don't wear supportive shoes (such as martial arts, ballet, or gymnastics), you have a greater risk for toe injuries.
Symptoms may include:
Your provider will ask about your symptoms and how the injury happened. He or she will examine you. You will have X-rays of your foot.
The treatment depends on the type of injury. Usually the broken toe is taped to the toe directly next to it while it heals. In rare cases surgery is needed to fix the broken bone.
Your provider may advise you to wear stiff-soled shoes. You may also be given crutches until you can walk without pain.
Follow the full course of treatment your healthcare provider prescribes. Also:
It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks for the toe to heal. If the fracture goes into a joint, your toe may keep feeling stiff. You may lose some range of motion.
Most broken toes are caused by accidents that are not easy to prevent. However, shoes that fit well and give good support can help prevent injury. Also, try to avoid playing or running on surfaces that are uneven.