Most little toe fractures can be treated with minimal non-invasive interventions such as anti-inflammatory medications, icing and “bandage”.
If you suspect you have a fractured toe, the first step in treatment is to have a doctor evaluate the problem. Often this type of fracture is simple and can be treated with minimal non-invasive interventions such as anti-inflammatory medications, applying ice to the area, and “tapping” the toe. In some cases, the fracture can be more complicated and may need to be adjusted or even require surgery. Even if the fractured toe has been examined by a doctor, you may need to get a second opinion if treatment doesn’t help. There may be undetected problems that prevent proper healing.
The first step in treating a fractured pinky finger is to have a doctor evaluate it.
Most of the time, when a little toe fracture occurs, it results from a blow or serious trauma, such as a hard stub to the toe or dropping something heavy on it. This type of broken finger is called a traumatic fracture and can occur in any one of several bones that make up the little finger, or in more than one. If you think your little toe is broken, the first step is to ask a medical professional to check the injury. It is important that the toe be examined to determine what type of breakage has occurred. Often, the doctor will recommend typical home care, but depending on the fracture, additional treatment may be necessary.
Those with broken toes are encouraged to keep their feet elevated.
The most common recommendations for treating a fractured pinky finger involve simple remedies that can be implemented at home. Fractured toes often develop swelling and colored bruising, so frequent applications of ice, in addition to keeping the foot elevated, are often advised to minimize these symptoms. Another important element of treatment is anti-inflammatory drugs, which reduce swelling and relieve some pain. Broken bones need support and minimization of movement during healing; as a result, patients are advised to wear stiff, supportive shoes. It is also often recommended to put “sticky tape” on the fractured toe on the next toe, wrapping them with sticky tape. This allows the neighboring finger to act as a splint, providing support and reducing movement.
An ice pack can help reduce swelling associated with a toe fracture.
In certain cases, a fractured pinky finger may need further treatment. Sometimes a complex fracture can occur and the pieces of bone do not line up, a twist, or there is significant separation. In these cases, the bone may need to be realigned, or hardened, so it can heal properly, or it may even require surgery to insert pins to reattach the pieces. If the toe was examined at the time of the injury but does not appear to be healing, get a second opinion with X-rays. The bone may not be reconnecting or knitting on its own, and medication or surgery may be needed for a full recovery.