Most toe fractures will be caused either by dropping a weight on the foot, or by stubbing the toe.

Undisplaced fracture

This x-ray shows an undisplaced fracture. It requires no specific treatment but will usually be treated with neighbour strapping for a few weeks and advice on analgesia and footwear. Most patients seem more comfortable in sandals but some prefer wearing walking boots, or similar, as they are less likely to knock their toe.

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Displaced fractures

Significantly displaced fractures require manipulation followed by neighbour strapping.

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Fracture proximal phalanx big toe

Displaced fractures of the big toe are obviously more serious than injuries of the other toes and may need internal fixation.

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