Did you drop a bowling ball on your foot while out with your family? Maybe you went just a little too hard at your kickboxing class? However it happened, your toe is now broken, and you’re left wondering what you can do to help ease the pain.
A toe fracture is one of the most painful things you can feel. Because of the nature of our feet, when one digit moves, they all move along with it. It makes walking nearly impossible, and even hopping or limping can be uncomfortable.
It is possible to care for a broken toe at home in some cases. You will want to rest yourself as much as possible. Avoid walking, standing for long periods of time, and almost all exercise. Ice the area that has been harmed for 30 minutes at a time with the ice in a bag, never directly on the skin. When you are resting, try and elevate the feet to keep swelling to a minimum. You can even do this at night by using pillows for support.
Sometimes home care is not enough to fix what needs mending. Under a doctor’s care you will be ensured of proper healing. You may be prescribed an orthotic or a splint. Sometimes the toe is taped to the one next to it which we call “using the buddy system”. You may be prescribed some medication to ease pain and swelling. In extremely severe instances, surgery might be the only option.
The best way to find out the severity of your fracture is to come in for a visit. At Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ, we are here to help figure out the best course of action for your toe fracture. Give Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison a call at 623-584-5556, or book an appointment online today.
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