A broken or fractured toe isn’t as quick to treat as you may think. Much of the time, when you visit your doctor about this issue, you will find that they simply tell you to ease off your foot and let it heal over time. As good as that advice is, there are some other simple things you can do to speed up the process.
The first few days after your break your toe are likely to be the worst in terms of pain and swelling. The NHS suggest that you raise your foot above your heart level when resting. You may find that lying on the sofa with your leg propped up on some cushions does the trick. This technique should help reduce any swelling in the area and may also offer a little pain relief as well.
Ice treatment is also an effective way to manage the pain of a broken toe. Make a DIY ice pack at home by wrapping some cubes of ice in a tea towel or washcloth. Hold the pack directly against your toe for a period of 15 to 20 minutes at a time, 2 to 4 times a day. The cooling treatment will help numb the area causing the pain to disappear (if only briefly!) while also reducing the swelling.
Since the toe and surrounding area will likely be quite swollen, wearing your everyday shoes won’t be possible. Don’t even try to put them on as that could lead to further problems and even a more serious breakage. Instead, you can invest in a specially-designed boot for broken toes that gives your foot room to breathe and move around. The idea is that these boots can help you to stay mobile and somewhat active while you are recovering from the fracture.
While you may want to get up and about right away, you should limit your activity as much as possible. The last thing you want to do is damage your foot further by failing to give it the time to properly heal. If it feels as though you’re putting too much weight or stress on your toe, you should ease off it sooner rather than later.
When you first get back on your feet, be sure to put the weight on your heel, rather than the ball of your foot or the toes. It’s all about listening to what your body needs from you. It may be frustrating to take the time to rest and relax, but it’s what your body needs more than anything else to facilitate healing.
Your doctor may recommend everyday painkillers like Tylenol or ibuprofen to help you cope with the pain and inflammation of the breakage. If you find that the pain gets worse or that the painkillers do nothing to ease your discomfort, it could well be worth visiting your doctor once again. They may recommend a stronger prescription or give alternative ideas for alleviating pain like distraction, vibration therapy, and consuming bone-growing nutrients like calcium, zinc, and lean proteins.