emergency medicine at ncemi   More Emergency Medicine Resources
Back to table of contents

9.29 Broken Toe


Presentation

The patient has stubbed, hyperflexed, hyperextended, hyperabducted, or dropped a weight upon a toe. He presents with pain swelling, ecchymosis, decreased range of motion and point tendeness, and there may or may not be any deformity.

What to do:

What not to do:

Discussion

If there is no toe fracture, the treatment is the same, but the pain, swelling, and ability to walk may improve in 3 days rather than 1-2 weeks. Although patients still come to the ED asking whether the toe is broken, they can usually be handled adequately over the telephone and seen the next day.

Table of Contents
from Buttaravoli & Stair: COMMON SIMPLE EMERGENCIES
Longwood Information LLC 4822 Quebec St NW Washington DC 20016-3229
1.202.237.0971 fax 1.202.244.8393 electra@clark.net
Emergency Medicine at NCEMI   More emergency medicine resources
Write to us at NCEMI
Craig Feied, MD
Mark Smith, MD
Jon Handler, MD
Michael Gillam, MD