This injury may be caused by a heavy object falling on the toes.
- undisplaced fractures can be supported with buddy strapping; additional support may be required e.g. crepe bandage, depending on the pain associated with the fracture.
- marked fracture displacement will require reduction.
- phalangeal dislocations can be reduced under local anaesthesia.
- it is important to treat soft tissue injuries associated with toe fractures. Wounds need to be debrided, subungual haematomas evacuated, and toenails preserved if possible. The patient's tetanus status should be checked.
Last reviewed 01/2018