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Single toe fracture

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What is a toe fracture?

You have fractured one of the toes in your foot. An injured toe is a common injury and is usually caused by dropping a heavy object on your foot or by stubbing your toe against something hard.

Patient information

Your injured toe will be strapped to the toe next to it, acting as a support splint whilst your fracture heals. The strapping can be changed at home if it becomes wet or dirty. Swelling and bruising at the fracture site is normal. Regular pain killers and applying ice, wrapped in a tea towel, to the area will help to reduce swelling and pain. Ice should be applied for 20 minutes three to four times a day.

You should:

  • Wear your boot any time you are walking about.
  • Remove your boot for hygiene purposes.
  • Remove your boot at bedtime.
  • Elevate your foot to help reduce the swelling.

You should not:

  • Take part in any physical/contact sports which may put you at risk of further injury. The time frame for this will be outlined at the point of assessment.
  • Drive whilst wearing the walking boot as you will void your insurance should you have an accident.

A boot is usually given following this injury, you may be required to wear this for up to six weeks unless otherwise directed. Crutches may also be required in the early stages to alleviate pressure on the foot.

Please remember:

Contact your GP if your condition is not improving, or if your pain relief is not adequate. If your condition is worsening please contact the multi professional fracture clinic on 01223 348299 or 01223 257095 For more information please visit: Fracture information website

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