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How to Know if Your Toe Is Broken

How to Know if Your Toe Is Broken

Trying to determine whether your toe is broken or just badly bruised can be difficult. Here are a few telltale signs thatíll help you differentiate between the two. Of course, when in doubt, see your doctor.

How-To Steps
Step 1:
Remove your shoe and sock and feel for any deformity. Gently run your fingers up and down your toe. If your toe feels crooked or lumpy, it's more likely that it's broken than sprained.
Step 2:
Wiggle your toe. Severe pain suggests the toe is broken.
Step 3:
Listen to your toe while wiggling it. If you hear a grating or popping sound, a piece of bone may be rubbing against another piece of bone.
Step 4:
Check for swelling. If your toe is double its size in puffiness and the skin is stretched, your toe may be broken.
Step 5:
Compare your injured toe to the same toe on the other foot. If the injured toe looks shorter or deformed, chances are it may be broken.
Step 6:
Check your temperature. Within two to three hours after a bone breaks, the body's natural defense mechanisms automatically raise your temperature. A fever above 99.6 degrees F suggests the toe is broken.
Step 7:
Try to stand for a minute or so. If your toe is broken, it won't be able to support your weight. A broken toe will tend to buckle underneath you when you stand on it.

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