Dislocated Toe Treatment
The toe doctor provides some excellent resources for dealing with dislocated toe symptoms as well as how to handle a broken toe or sprained toe, but today we’d like to focus on the quick and dirty guide to treating a dislocated toe. As always we recommend that you visit a podiatrist or medical expert if you have the ability to, but if not being informed and aware is crucial to your personal health and wellbeing.
Dislocated toes can happen just about anywhere, but they commonly occur during athletic activity. It’s for this reason that being able to treat a dislocated toe as it arises and then resume use of the foot becomes important. Athletes involved in important sports games or climbers and hikers in the wilderness may not have the time or ability to see a toe doctor and may require the use of the toe immediately. Immediate dislocated toe treatment may be necessary for these people in particular.
The first thing to do if you suspect you have a dislocated toe is make sure you don’t actually have a broken toe or a sprained toe. Attempting to apply the treatment for a dislocated toe to either of the other two injuries will result in a tremendous amount of pain as well as additional harm to the injury. We’d recommend consulting out toe problems guide on how to tell the differences between these injuries.
After confirming that the toe is indeed dislocated, the movement you’re going to be taking is best described as a gentle tug. You’re going to be trying to gently pop the dislocated toe joint back into its original position. The toe joint will likely appear slightly crooked and it’s going to be your job to fix it. Having a friend nearby is highly recommended, if there is someone else around who has been had their toe reset after a dislocation, their presence and experience will be an asset.
Start by running your fingers in a pincer position over the toe moving in the direction away from your body. Begin partway up the foot and slowly pass over the dislocated toe. See if you can identify the dislocated section of the joint so you know where to slide the other portion into.
Once you’ve identified the exact location of the dislocation, start by gently tugging the misaligned joint away from you and away from the toe. You want to carefully tug the joint away from the knuckle area until the toe joints snaps back into alignment.
The toe might not make an audible snap or display any clear indication that it is back in place but if you’ve reset it correctly it should appear to be in alignment. From this point on you want to apply R.I.C.E. treatment and take any pressure of your toe. If you need to start using the toe immediately (which is not recommended unless absolutely necessary). Insert a splint or cotton ball between the toe and it’s larger neighbour and then buddy-wrap the toes to help minimize the risk of re-injuring the toe.
The toe will likely be swollen and tender but it may be used if required. After reseting a dislocated toe you may feel slightly light headed or queasy, taking time to rest and breathe will help this feeling pass. Lastly, one of the most important steps to take, especially after reseting your own toe, is to watch for any developing complications and of course see a podiatrist at your first available opportunity.