Toe Dislocation

ExitCare ImageA toe dislocation happens when your toe bone separates from where it connects to your foot. This injury is often caused by a very strong force. Your doctor will have to put your toe bone back in the joint. Your toe will be placed in a splint, cast, or a special shoe that does not bend. This will hold your toe in place while it heals. In rare cases, surgery is needed.


  • Rest your injured joint. Do not move it.

  • Put ice on your injured joint for 1 to 2 days or as told by your doctor.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, every 2 hours while you are awake.

  • Raise (elevate) your foot above your heart as told by your doctor.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • If your doctor has taped 2 toes together, change the tape as told by your doctor.


  • Your cast or splint has become loose or damaged.

  • Your pain becomes worse, not better.

  • You lose feeling in your toe, or you cannot bend the tip of your toe.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.