How are foot fractures of the toe treated?

Updated: Sep 23, 2018
  • Author: Robert Silbergleit, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Toe fractures are common and generally heal well with little or no therapy. Buddy tape the broken toe to an adjacent, uninjured toe (with padding in between the toes to prevent skin maceration) and apply a rigid flat-bottom orthopedic shoe. While union of fracture segments occurs in 3-8 weeks, symptoms usually improve much earlier. Significantly displaced fractures, especially of the first toe, may be treated more aggressively with closed reduction and rigid immobilization. Irreducible fractures sometimes require open reduction and internal fixation. [25]


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