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How to Take Care of Broken Toes

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Broken toeFort Pierce, FL has many options and activities for when you want to hang out with a buddy or a group of friends. One activity that appeals to many friends in the community who appreciate visual arts is a visit to the A. E. Backus Museum & Gallery located at 500 N. Indian River Drive. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sundays and features over 60 pieces from A. E. Backus in the permanent collection.

Sometimes being a friend means more than heading out and being social. For this reason, part of the process for how to take care of a broken toe is something we refer to as “buddy taping.” In the same fashion as you might have to support a friend who is going through a tough time, a neighboring toe can be used to support one that is broken. Let’s take a look at the process and see where this fits in:

  • When a toe bone fractures, the first step is to remove yourself from the activity that caused the break. This will prevent further damage to the bone, but you will likely want to do so anyhow on account of the pain that accompanies this injury.
  • After stepping away, assess the nature of the injury. If there is an open fracture (bone piercing the skin), the toe is pointing in the wrong direction, or the injured area has become blue or gray, seek immediate medical assistance.
  • If the toe does not exhibit any of those signs, you can buddy tape it to the neighboring toe for stability. Hold the toes close together and wrap them snugly, but not so much that it cuts off circulation.
  • Stay off the affected foot as much as possible and avoid any pressure (like from footwear) or movement that is painful. Ice the toe for 15-20 minutes at a time, but be sure to wrap the ice in a thin towel. Keep the injured foot elevated above heart level and call us to we can recommend the proper medication to manage the pain.

Knowing how to care for a broken toe is a step in the right direction for healing, but don’t forget to also come in to Palm Beach Podiatry for professional treatment. Make your appointment at any of our three Florida locations online or call our Boynton Beach office at (561) 734-3100, our Loxahatchee office at (561) 791-7773, or our Fort Pierce office at (772) 468-0089.

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