Broken toes can occur in several ways but are commonly caused by a direct hit, such as kicking a hard object or something landing on the toe.
A toe can also break from a twisting type of injury: if you play a sport where you don’t wear shoes (for example, martial arts, ballet and gymnastics) you are at an increased risk of a toe injury.
It usually takes 4-6 weeks for a broken toe to heal, although symptoms may last longer than this. If the fracture goes into a joint, the toe may continue to feel stiff and you can lose some range of movement. Sometimes a toe may become shorter after a fracture.
Everyone recovers from an injury at a different rate. Returning to normal activities will be determined by how soon the toe recovers, not by how may days or weeks it has been since the injury occurred.
The goal of rehabilitation is to return to normal activities as soon as possible. If it occurs too soon, it may worsen the injury.
Normal activity can typically resume when walking straight ahead occurs without pain or limping.
To help improve the movement of the toe and avoid long term pain, it is advised (with older children) to:
If you are concerned you can get advice from your GP or 111. You can also contact 111. https://111.nhs.uk/