Broken toes not only can but also should be treated. The better they heal, the less the risk of developing arthritis or structural problems later.
If there is no displacement, we may simply put gauze between the affected toe and its neighbor and tape the two together. The unbroken one acts as a splint to hold the broken one in place as it heals. We can show you how to do this correctly, as the dressing will need to be changed to keep the toes dry and to make sure the tape is not too loose or so tight that it constricts blood flow.
For a more serious break or an open fracture (skin is broken), we will need to realign and protect it—either with a stiff, rocker bottom shoe or a splint or cast of some type. It might even need a small pin or screw to hold it straight during healing. Most broken toes will heal within about 4 to 6 weeks.
If you suspect you have a fractured toe, call Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center at (303) 423-2520 to schedule an appointment at one of our four west Denver offices: Wheat Ridge, Golden, Evergreen, or Granby.