Broken Toe (cont.)
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How long does it take for a broken toe to heal?
When to seek medical care for a broken toe
The injured toe should be examined every day. Call a doctor if any of the following occur:
Go to a hospital's emergency department if the following signs or symptoms are present:
Which specialties of doctors treat broken toes?
You may initially see a primary care provider (PCP) such as a family practitioner or a child's pediatrician when you first injure your toe. You likely will be referred to an orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in disorders of the musculoskeletal system, or a podiatrist, a specialist in conditions of the foot, for treatment of a toe fracture.
If you are diagnosed with a broken toe in a hospital's emergency department you will be treated by an emergency medicine specialist. Radiologists will read an X-ray or MRI, though they will usually report back to your primary care physician or emergency medicine specialist and you will not directly consult with them.
Can broken toes be prevented?
To help prevent an injury resulting in a broken toe, wear sturdy and supportive shoes.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/18/2016
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