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Can I treat a broken toe at home?

Some broken toes may resolve with home care. However, we still do urge you to come in for an assessment, especially if you’re having difficulty walking, pain is severe, or symptoms don’t improve within a couple of days. A broken toe that doesn’t heal properly can cause complications down the road.

Broken toeTypical home-based treatments for a broken toe include:

  • Resting the foot, avoiding strenuous exercise
  • Elevating the foot
  • Using ice and/or over-the-counter painkillers in moderation
  • Taping a broken toe to a neighboring healthy toe for stability

However, as we mentioned, it’s still important to see the doctor before taking treatment into your own hands. We may need to provide additional care, for example repositioning the bone manually, providing a cast or walking boot, or in severe cases performing surgery.

If your toe hurts and is getting in the way of daily activities, please call Family Foot & Ankle Center for an evaluation. You can reach us to schedule at any of our Cincinnati area offices by calling (888) 689-3317.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.