Broken toes

So you’ve dropped something heavy on your toe and it still hurts after a few days. Or maybe you just stubbed it really badly.

If the pain doesn’t subside, if it swells and starts bruising, or if it hurts to walk or put on shoes, you probably have a broken toe that needs to be treated to heel properly.

We can get urgent patients in same day.

What To Expect At Your Visit

When you come to our office, we’ll do a thorough physical examination of the foot and toe. If we suspect a break, we’ll take an X-ray to see the extent of the damage and position of the break.

Buddy Taping

Then your broken toe will need to be immobilized so it can heal properly, which isn’t easy to do since our toes are in constant use.  

If it’s one of the smaller toes and the fracture isn’t too severe, we might be able to tape it to its next door neighbor to hold it steady. We call this “buddy taping.”

Imobilization For Broken Toes

But when it’s the big toe or a serious break, it needs special treatment such as a cast.  Sometimes we might need to adjust the bones so they’re properly aligned to heal.

Broken toes often take a month to six weeks to heal properly. During that time, we’ll also recommend certain types of pain relievers to get you through any rough spots.

Sometimes, with trauma to the toenails, the nail may have to come off. Luckily, this is not as painful as it sounds. 

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment



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Amie Castle


Dr. Carter diagnosed and created a treatment plan in minutes- other podiatrists have treated me incorrectly for years. So pleased to have answers and solutions.

Katy Perkins


My left foot had been hurting for a while. The staff and doctors here are all quite knowledgeable and professional, as well as friendly and personable. My diagnosis was promptly made, x-ray completed right there in the office, and I left with the two braces that I needed. No waiting for the mail, trip to brace shop, nada. Most excellent clinic!

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Accepted Insurance Providers

There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. We do not accept Medicaid or CareSource plans at this time. Visit our New Patient page for more details.