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How do you tell if your Big toe is broken?
and which is better for the toe if it is, heat or ice?

It's called a doctor,

try one

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What causes a toe to break (fracture), and what are the symptoms?
You may break one of your toes by stubbing it, dropping something on it, or bending it. A hairline crack (stress fracture) may occur after a sudden increase in activity, such as increased running or walking.

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Symptoms of a broken toe may include:

A snap or pop at the time of the injury.
Pain that is worse when the toe is moved or touched.
Swelling and bruising.
Possible deformity (not just swelling), such as a toe pointing in the wrong direction or that is twisted out of normal position. A dislocated toe can also look deformed.
Decreased movement or movement that causes pain.
How is a broken toe diagnosed?
A broken toe is diagnosed through a physical examination. Your health professional will look for swelling, purple or black and blue spots, and tenderness. An X-ray may be needed to determine whether the toe is broken or dislocated.

How is it treated?
Home care after breaking a toe includes applying ice, elevating the foot, and rest. Medical treatment for a broken toe depends on which toe is broken, where in the toe the break is, and the severity of the break. In many cases, your doctor may recommend that a broken toe be "buddy-taped" to the uninjured toe next to it with padding in between the toes. The injured toe may need to be buddy-taped for 2 to 4 weeks to heal. A stiff-soled shoe may be helpful in protecting the injured toe.

In rare cases, other treatment may be needed, including:

Protecting the toe from additional injury. This may include using splints to stabilize the toe, a short leg cast, or a brace.
Surgery, if the break is severe.
Medical treatment is needed more often for a broken big toe than for the other toes. An untreated fracture may cause long-term pain, limited movement, and deformity.

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Go to a foot doctor, and try Advil it probably hurts sooooo much
Hope this helps!!
Love, Nikki

♥Skyway Avenue♥
icy hot, it alternates. and it would b black purple, sum dark colors

If you can't move it, ore if it is at an odd angle then it is definately broken. However it could be broken or even just cracked and benn and look just fine.
Don't waste your time and money with going to the doctor for a broken toe, they cant do anything for it, unless it is majorly broken and requiring pins, in which case you would be here asking if it is broken or not.

Cold will help alleviate swelling if there is any.

Ice!! Also, try "buddy taping" it to the toe next to it to provide support.

You can tell cos it fooking hurts honeybug

I ♥ ♫!
you could tell if its broken mostly by if its swelling or turning purple or bright red. It would be best to put ice on your toe.

Rokky B
read this its a very respectable site

Well it would hurt a hell of a lot - thats a good way of knowing!! I mean, can you move it - if not then that should get the alarm bells ringing!!!

Sarah A
It will be very bruised and will hurt like crazy to walk. It will be swollen and probably red, too. Definitely use ice instead of heat. Ice will bring the swelling down.

Neisa N
`You can tell if its broken when if you move it and you feeel pain then yeah its broken and of coarse ice is better !!

no name
ice is better
tap it, if it hurts like hell, its probably broken lol

well if u can't move it, and if u can see that the bone is dislodged, it is either broken or dislocated. I dislocated my big toe at skool and i was told to elevate my foot and keep ice on it, to prevent swelling. I hope that helps!

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