Broken Toe (cont.)
Broken Toe Self-Care at Home
These following measures can be taken at home to help decrease the pain and swelling, and help the fracture heal properly.
Elevation of the injured foot
- Swelling that occurs after the injury worsens pain.
- To decrease swelling (and pain), keep the foot raised above the level of the heart as often as possible.
- Prop the foot up on some pillows, especially when sleeping. Reclining in a lounge chair is also helpful.
Ice the injured toe
- Put ice in a plastic bag and apply it to the injury for 15 to 20 minutes every 1 to 2 hours for the first 1 one 2 days. Frozen peas or corn may be used in place of ice as it conforms to the injured toe more readily than ice cubes.
- Place a towel between the skin and the bag of ice, frozen peas, or corn to protect the skin from freezer burn.
Rest (avoid walking on the injured foot)
- Avoid strenuous exercise, prolonged standing, or walking.
- Crutches or a special shoe to wear when walking (to avoid putting weight on the fracture) while it heals may be necessary.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/6/2014
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