Broken Toe Joint
Our toe problems guide provides a lot of in depth information when it comes to broken toe symptoms as well as causes and treatments but if you ask almost anyone what they were thinking of when they broke their toe it likely wasn’t a large guide of how to treat a broken toe. Knowing that, we’ve developed some easy steps that can be taken to identify and start treatment for a broken toe when it occurs. These are meant to be simple and easy to follow if the situation ever arises.
In an earlier article we discuss broken toe symptoms vs sprained toe symptoms. Knowing the signs of a toe sprain or toe dislocation is excellent knowledge to possess as you won’t want to be scrambling for that information after your injury.
The first thing you want to do is check to see what caused the broken toe. If it was something heavily and potentially mobile, stopping the item from moving and causing more damage is essential. The next thing you want to do is look for help. Pick someone specifically to help you out by gathering anything you may need such as a towel for blood or something comfortable to lie down on. If the toe injury is serious, that person may need to phone 911.
Don’t be a hero and try to walk or bear pressure if you see any broken toe symptoms. Using the toe joint when it is fractured or cracked will worsen the injury and could lead to some nasty complications. Instead, stay in one spot unless necessary, ask people around you to help and if the toe is broken, order someone to call an ambulance for you. Work to remain calm and breathe regularly.
Using the principles of R.I.C.E. will help to alleviate some of the pain and stop the toe from swelling. If you need to move, do not put any stress on the injured foot and have people around you help you to move from one spot to another. If anyone has any first aid experience, ask them for assistance and advice for what to do.
Many of the first steps to treating a broken toe rely on you to ask others around you for assistance. If no one is there to help you will need to find your way to a phone in order to contact emergency services. Time is of the essence in this situation and making sure that you act quickly and correctly will benefit you greatly in the long run. Be informed and be ready.