Home care after
breaking a toe includes applying ice, elevating the foot, and rest. Medical
treatment for a broken toe depends on which toe is broken, where in the toe the
break is, and how severe the break is. If you do not
have diabetes or peripheral arterial disease, your injured toe can be
"buddy-taped" to the uninjured toe next to it. Protect the skin by putting some
soft padding, such as felt or foam, between your toes before you tape them
together. Your injured toe may need to be buddy-taped for 2 to 4 weeks to heal.
If your injured toe hurts more after buddy taping it, remove the tape.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.