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How do you prevent swelling and further injury from a broken toe?

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  • Stay off the foot as much as possible.
  • Avoid movement or pressure that causes pain.
  • Apply ice up to 20 minutes at a time. Wrap it in a towel. Do not apply directly to skin.
  • Keep the foot elevated as often as possible, especially the first 2 days after injury, to help control pain and swelling.
  • For pain, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).

From: Broken Toe Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Toe and forefoot fractures."

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: "Toe and Metatarsal Fractures (Broken toes).”

Broken Toe Information from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 27, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Toe and forefoot fractures."

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: "Toe and Metatarsal Fractures (Broken toes).”

Broken Toe Information from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 27, 2019

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