A broken or fracturedtoe can be very painful, but isn't usually serious and can often be treated at home. Most will heal in four to six weeks.
More severe breaks may take longer to heal and may need treatment in hospital.
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Find out about the symptoms of a broken toe, when you should get medical advice, and how to look after it at home.
A broken toe will usually be: extremely painful and tender swollen red or bruised difficult to walk on If the break is severe, the toe may stick out at an angleor the bone may poke through the
Most broken toes can be treated at home. See below for advice about when to see your GP and when to go to hospital . The following tips can be used to care for a broken toe: Put a piece of cotton
Check the toe every day and call your GP if: the pain gets worse or isn't relieved by ordinary painkillers your GP may be able to prescribe a stronger painkiller the swelling or discolouration does
Go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department if: you have had a severe injury, such as your foot being crushed or a road traffic accident you think your big toe is broken your t
If your toe is badly broken, youmay need: an X-ray of your foot to check if your toe is broken and how severe the break is a procedure to move anyout of placebones back into the right position a d