Toe Fracture

ExitCare ImageA toe fracture is a break in the bone of a toe. It may take 6 to 8 weeks for the toe injury to heal.


  • "Buddy taping" is taping the broken toe to the toe next to it. Leave the toes taped together for at least 1 week or as told by your doctor. Change the tape after bathing. Always use a small piece of gauze or cotton between the toes when taping them together.

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day.

  • After the first 2 days, put heat on the injured area. Use heat for the next 2 to 3 days. Put a heating pad on the foot or soak the foot in warm water as told by your doctor.

  • Keep the foot raised (elevated) above the level of your heart.

  • Wear sturdy, supportive shoes. The shoes should not pinch the toes or fit tightly against the toes.

  • Use a cast shoe (if prescribed) if the foot is very puffy (swollen).

  • Use crutches if you have pain or it hurts too much to walk.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Follow up with your doctor as told.


  • There is pain or puffiness that is not helped by medicine.

  • The pain does not get better after 1 week.

  • The toe is cold when the others are warm.

  • The toe loses feeling (numb) or turns white.

  • The toe becomes hot and red (inflamed).


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

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