Broken Toe Treatment
In our last post we discussed some of the immediate steps to take after seeing any broken toe symptoms and today we want to delve a little further into the broken toe treatment methods to look at what options are available after the toe injury has occurred.. The type of treatment often depends on the form of injury, and some steps can be taken at home to give you an improved ability to recover in the future.
To start off we’re going to look at the two main parts of broken toe treatment methods.
How to Treat a Broken Toe at Home
When we talk about broken toe home treatment we essentially mean the steps you should take before you visit a toe doctor or podiatrist. Treating a fractured toe or broken bone requires the eye and training of a professional. However there are some smart steps one can take to make sure the toe is in its most treatable condition.
After taking the immediate steps for a broken toe injury, the next thing to do is to ensure you are in a safe resting place and apply the R.I.C.E. treatment. Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. These four steps will help not only to alleviate some of the toe pain, but also to prevent swelling and inflammation. Using cycles of 20 minutes on and 40 minutes off with the ice will encourage the blood to replenish nutrients to the injury and will help the blood vessels to contract while not causing frostbite.
Using NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen can work to minimize some of the discomfort. Other over the counter medication can also help, but ensure that you are not taking more then the recommended dose, especially if you broke your toe with no one else around. Seeing a doctor is the next stage.
Medical Broken Toe Treatment
When you actually visit the toe doctor or perhaps the hospital, the doctor will ask you a series of questions about how the injury came about and if there has been any history of toe gout or toe arthritis in your family (or if you have either of these diseases). Depending on the seriousness of the injury your foot may be x-rayed immediately or you may have to wait a few hours. Remember to keep applying the principles of R.I.C.E. and make sure the toe does not start bleeding again if it did at the time of the accident.
After diagnosing a broken toe, the doctor may need to reset the toe to it’s natural place using a toe reduction and will likely cast the toe or buddy-wrap the injury after it has been analyzed. From this point you will want to ask the doctor how serious the injury is, if you can bathe with the bandage on and what the expected recovery time will be. The more information you gather about the problem the better. Some good questions to ask include what kind of footwear you should be wearing, if there are any particular activities you should avoid and if there’s anything you can do to speed up or help the healing process.
From this point on you need to treat your toe cautiously and wait for it to recover. Everyone heals differently and it’s important that you minimize stress on the foot as much as possible too prevent any complications from developing.