How to tell if your pinky toe is broken?
The most common symptoms of a broken pinky toe include:
- a snapping, grinding, or popping noise at the time of the break
- pain at the place of impact at the time the fracture occurs
- the toe appearing to be crooked
- redness, bruising, and swelling
Should I go to a doctor for a broken pinky toe? You should, however, see a doctor for your broken toe if: The pain becomes worse and isn’t relieved by normal painkillers. The swelling and bruising don’t start to improve in a few days. There is an open wound associated with the break.
What are the symptoms of a broken pinky toe? But before we get into some treatment and care techniques, let’s take a look at some of the symptoms of a broken pinky toe: Sharp pain, especially when bearing weight. Bruising. Discoloration. Swelling. Warmer than other toes to the touch.
How do you know if your pinky toe is broken or sprained? The only true way to be able to diagnose a pinky toe fracture is if the toe is clearly displaced. Most fractures are not dislocated and simply have a crack but no displacement. A broken pinky toe will have more bruising and swelling than a sprained toe.
When should you call a doctor about a broken toe?
You should, however, see a doctor for your broken toe if:
- The pain becomes worse and isn’t relieved by normal painkillers.
- The swelling and bruising don’t start to improve in a few days.
- There is an open wound associated with the break.
- You have a medical condition that may affect your healing – for example, diabetes, heart failure, peripheral arterial disease.
- You are taking oral steroids.
When to seek medical attention for a broken pinky toe?
When to seek medical attention for a broken pinky toe? If there is an open wound, a person should seek immediate medical attention to prevent infection. Other than a broken pinky toe, there are many reasons a person might have pain or swelling in their smallest toe. People can treat most of these causes at home.
What should you do if you break your toe? If you think you broke your toe, it’s best to have your doctor look at it. Even though you can often treat it yourself, a broken toe can sometimes lead to more serious problems, like infection, arthritis, or long-term foot pain. Call your doctor if you have one these more serious breaks, which do require treatment:
Do you need to go to the hospital for a broken toe? No, it’s not dramatic to go to the doctor for a broken toe. Leaving your toe as is if you had a bad break can cause it to heal incorrectly, which can cause problems for you in the future, Daniel Guss, M.D., M.B.A., a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, tells SELF.
How to treat a broken pinky toe with ice? Wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply it to the toe for 20 minutes once an hour. You can also wrap a bag of frozen peas or corn in a towel and use it as an ice pack. Do not leave the ice pack on for longer than 20 minutes at a time and never apply ice directly to your skin as this can lead to further injury. 4