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(Broken Toe; Fracture, Toe)
|The Phalanges of the Foot|
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- Dropping something on your toe
- Stubbing your toe
- Falling down
- Direct blow to the toe
- Advanced age
- Poor nutrition
- Participating in contact sports
- Not wearing shoes
- Swelling and tenderness
- Stiffness in the injured area
- Inability to move toe
- Bruising in injured area
- Numbness or tingling in the toes
- Visible deformity in the toe area
- Difficulty walking (sometimes)
- Without surgery—you will have anesthesia to decrease pain while the doctor moves the pieces back into place
- With surgery—pins or screws may be needed to reconnect the pieces and hold them in place
Rest and Recovery
- Do not put yourself at risk for trauma to the bone.
- Wear proper fitting and appropriate shoes for any activity.
- Wear proper padding and safety equipment when participating in sports or activities.
- Do weight-bearing and strengthening exercises regularly to build strong bones.
- Clean spills and slippery areas right away
- Remove tripping hazards such as loose cords, rugs, and clutter
- Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower
- Install grab bars next to the toilet and in the shower or tub
- Put in handrails on both sides of stairways
- Walk only in well-lit rooms, stairs, and halls
- Keep flashlights on hand in case of a power outage
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.orthoinfo.org
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.sportsmed.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
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March fracture. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated November 3, 2012. Accessed September 14, 2013.
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Toe and forefoot fractures. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Ortho Info website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00165 . Updated September 2012. Accessed September 14, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013