You can break any of the 2 or 3 tiny bones in your toes. All broken bones are considered fractures. For more information, see Overview of Broken Bones Overview of Broken Bones All broken bones are considered fractures. It doesn't matter whether it's just a little crack or a big break with lots of pieces. Broken bones hurt a lot and cause swelling Your bone may look... read more .
You usually break your toe when you stub it or drop something on it
You may have blood under your toenail
Doctors usually just tape your broken toe to the toe next to it
What causes a toe to break?
Toe fractures are often caused by:
A heavy object falling on your toe
Stubbing your toe by banging it against something hard like a piece of furniture or a step
What are the symptoms of a broken toe?
Painful, swollen toe
Discolored toenail from blood trapped underneath
A fracture of the big toe is more painful, usually has more swelling and bruising, and may cause problems with walking.
How can doctors tell if my toe is broken?
How do doctors treat a broken toe?
Tape your broken toe to the toe next to it (this is called buddy taping) and have you keep your toes taped for several weeks
If blood is trapped under the toenail, make a small hole in your nail to drain it and ease pain
Have you wear comfortable shoes
Broken toes rarely need to be put back into place.