What could be my problem? 

A toe fracture is a common injury that most often occurs when you drop something on your foot or stub your toe. Most frequently a broken toe can be immobilized by taping it to a neighboring toe. If the toe fracture is severe, casting or surgery may be recommended to ensure the broken toe heals properly.

When to see a foot doctor about a Toe Fracture:

  • Pain, swelling and discoloration continue for more than a few days If the injury interferes with your ability to walk or wear shoes

If I have a Toe Fracture, what are my treatment options?


  • Reduction: when broken fragments of your bone don’t fit snugly together the physician manipulates the pieces back into their proper positions
  • Buddy taping:  with a simple fracture in the smaller toes the physician may tape the injured toe to its neighbor acting as a splint
  • Wearing a stiff-bottomed shoe
  • Walking cast


In some cases, a foot surgeon may need to use pins, plates or screws to maintain proper position of your foot and toe bones during healing.