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A broken toe is a common injury, usually caused by dropping a heavy object on the foot or hitting the toe on something. It usually takes four to six weeks to heal.

Caring for your broken toe at home:

Put a piece of cotton wool or gauze between your injured toe and the one next to it and tape the two toes together with a plaster. The healthy toe will act as a splint.

Keep your foot raised for as long as possible. This will help to reduce the swelling and pain.

Hold an ice pack or frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel to the toe for 15-20 minutes every one to two hours for the first couple of days. Don't apply ice directly to the skin.

Rest the toe by not walking or standing for too long.

Take over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen to relieve the pain but don't give aspirin to a child under 16.

Wear sturdy shoes that don't squash or bend the toe.

See your GP if:

The pain gets worse or isn't relieved by ordinary painkillers.

The swelling or discolouration doesn't improve after a few days

You have a wound near the injured toe, which will need cleansing in order to prevent infection.

Go to A&E if:

Your toes are cold and numb or tingling (you may have damaged the nerves)

The skin on your toe has turned blue or grey

You have severely injured the toe.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 6, 2014
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