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Q: broken toe still swollen 6weeks later?

I broke my toe 5 toe(pinky) over 6 weeks ago and it is still swollen and hurts any ideas last xray taken over a week ago and it was still broken.

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JB, Editor
5/12/08 4:56pm

I broke my second toe once, in a kickboxing class!


I don't remember it hurting for six weeks, but it did take a long time to heal.


If it's still swollen and painful, I recommend RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

Don't walk on the toe if it's still that swollen and painful. Ask you doctor about crutches or a walking boot. When you're at home, keep the foot elevated on a pillow and put an ice or cold pack on it for 15 minutes, leave the ice off for 20 minutes, and then ice it again for 15 minutes. I don't know if the compression part will work on a toe, but my doctor told me to tape the broken toe to the toe next to it -- this kept it from moving around too much. Use the kind of tape that comes in first aid packs.


Also, ask your doctor for painkiller recommendations. Tylenol did the trick for me, but you may also want to consider anti-inflammatory drugs too.


If none of that does the trick after a few days, you should go back to your doctor to find out what might be the problem.

morgan, Community Member
10/17/09 6:52pm

i broke my toe 6 weeks ago and i am still in pain my symptons are tingling and numbness no xray was taken at the time do i need to get an xray now

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By Lisa, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/19/13, First Published: 05/11/08