A broken toe is a very common injury which usually results from injuries to the toe or prolonged repetitive stress or movement. It can cause pain, swelling, stiffness and bruising. And it will take a long time to heal if not treated properly. Knowing how to treat a broken toe is very necessary.
Home remedies for broken toe
1. Seek for emergency assistance if you have any symptoms of a possible fracture, including:
bleeding open wounds
severe pain, numbness, bruising and stiffness
blue or gray color skin around the injury
a splint is damaged or broken
2. Rest. Stop the activity that causes pain and minimize standing or walking for a couple weeks after your injury. And wear stiff-bottomed shoe instead of high heels to prevent your toe from flexing.
3. Ice. Apply cold compress with an ice pack on your broken toe for about 20 minutes. Apply it every hour on the first day after your injury. And then 2-3 times per day. Avoid direct contact between the ice and your skin in case of a cold burn.
4. Elevate your foot. While lying down, lift your foot above the level of your heart as long as possible. Or you can rest your foot on a pillow. This will help to control the swelling and pain of your toe
5. Take painkillers if necessary. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) are available options. If you have a severe fracture, you may go to the doctor for stronger pain medication prescriptions.
6. See a doctor. Usually, a broken toe will heal on its own after six weeks. If your pain last longer than 6 weeks and there is no sign of improving, you should have another X-ray or ask the doctor to recheck your injury.