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Symptoms You Have a Broken Pinky Toe or Stubbed Toe, Difference in Shooting Pains and the Healing Process

Broken Toe and Stubbed Toe Symptoms

So, you think you might have a broken toe. The very first thing you will notice is a lot of pain. Sometimes you can stub your toe and the pain will feel similar to that of a broken toe. The difference between a broken toe and a stubbed toe is that a stubbed toe pain will gradually start to go away. Your toe will still be sore and tender when you walk on it. If your toe is broken, the pain does not slowly go away. Another way to know for sure if your toe is broken is anytime you move it, you'll experience extreme pain. It will be the same when it comes to walking, any sort of pressure you put on your (hurt) toe will cause extreme pain. Also, if you try to put your foot in a shoe or any sort of restricting sort of thing, you will experience shooting pain up your foot and to that toe.

Broken Big Toe


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Should I go to the Emergency Room for a Broken Toe

Most people will automatically go to the emergency room for any sort of break that is suspected. This is a good thing for any other break, except a broken toe. There is nothing that they can do for a broken toe. You will get sent home. Rather than spending the money on a ER visit you can just do some things at home to help alleviate the pain and discomfort. Unfortunately, that is really all you can you for a broken toe.

Broken Pinky Toe


What to do for a Broken Toe

What you want to do for the first week, is ice your toe for 15 minutes every couple of hours to help reduce swelling. Be careful when walking or standing because these will be the two things that causes the most pain. Avoid high heels all together, the weight that is put on the toe while wearing them can permanently damage your injured toe. While sleeping, prop you foot up on pillows. It will take about six weeks for a broken toe to fully heal.



Ceeceemiami on September 10, 2018:

I broke my toe, 4 days ago. This isnt my first broken toe, but it is the first one I received on vacay. So I panicked and went immediately to the ER. Yup a waste of time, but glad I went, didnt want to be on vacation, making it worse. So the doctor acknowledged that the pinky toe was broken and shockingly alluded to the fact the neighboring toes seemed fractured too! Huh?? Tmi!!! So I wore the ugly black boot back to my hotel, quickly took the recommended Ibuprofen, and elevated my foot for the remainder of the day! Nope didnt ice it...hotel room was already freezing! So the next morning, miraculously I had less pain AND I could put my foot into my sandal without howling! So I walked on it! But big mistake, too soon cuz after the adrenaline high wore off, it was painful and extremely swollen and navy blue! Along with the neighboring toes! So lesson learned wear the black boot if youre not me and home, and especially if you're me or not, Elevate the foot continuously and ice it AND medicate cuz yes its gonna take more time to heal than overnight! Even if it feels good, still remember it takes normally 4-6 weeks to heal! And you dont want to re- injure it! So added a few more days to my vacay and enjoying the beautiful view from the balcony with (shhhh) a glass of wine....still bruised and swollen but its to be expected its broken!

?? on August 29, 2018:

It really red a kinda fat it looks like the 2 pic but I can move it without it hurting I pulled it one day and it cracked

Reagan on November 26, 2017:

The docters said my pinkie toe is broke it is bruised but it has white stuff in it so I don't know if it is infected or broke.

Brends on December 29, 2016:

I ran into the washing machine amd dirrectly after it started brusong and it was really red. Now it is super swollen actually it's my pinky toes amd the one mext to it. I'm not sure if it's broken or not. Please comment and tell me what you giys think....

sarag on May 24, 2016:

My toe is not bruised but is swollen and red. It sometimes bleeds on the knuckle. I do not know if it is broken but it has severe pain. Can you tell me if it is broken?

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Ammmiiii97 on April 03, 2015:

I Stubbed My Left Little Toe On 4/2/15 With A Kitchen Chair Its Swollen & Purple Ish & Blue & It Doesn't Hurt But Just Only When I Walk I Can Move It & It Doesn't Hurt So What Should I Consider It A Broken Toe Or A Stubbed Toe? & If Anyonr Has Any Recommendations I Would Gladly Appreciate It.

jw on February 22, 2015:

stubbed my toe on 12/8/14. Hurt like a mofo! No bruising or inflammation that I recall. Still have issues almost three months later. Can't jog yet as it hurts.

Samuil Hippi from Samoah on September 18, 2014:

Just looking at these images brings me back to the time of my injury... Not a pleasant moment in my life. But thank you for sharing the information!

Sariah11 on October 31, 2013:

I broke my left little toe almost 2 weeks ago. I was walking (Fast) on the beach and kicked a big rock just barely sticking out of the sand, I heard/felt a snap (cures words) It started to swell right after, it was bruised up the side of my foot and above 2 of my other toes. After i did it i walked in the ocean to help the swelling and pain, and iced it every few hours for about 15 mins, i would hold it in ice water for about 30 seconds then pull it out for 30-40 seconds then did it again. My Question is, It has been Itching and hurting really bad the last day or so, does someone know why. Is it healing or something else? It's my first broken bone, besides when i cut off my Right pinky finger (4 years ago biking accident), it was pinned and sewed back on and was in a splint for 6 weeks, so it was itching and hurting all the time. Anyway what do people think?

DeborahFantasia (author) from Italy on April 26, 2013:

I'm sorry to say it will take 6-8 weeks.

Sue Harris on April 04, 2013:

I broke my little toe 12 days ago, I rammed it in a piece of furniture big time. I did get a wooden shoe but I have tried taping it to the next toe but just irritates it. So i just wear my wooden shoe, the bruising is better and so is the pain. It is just sore now, how long will it take to get completely healed without the soreness?

kathleen on September 27, 2012:

my toe hurts and it has not gone away. Its been hurting for 13 days. I do not know if it is broken though it it is large and round.

DeborahFantasia (author) from Italy on July 01, 2011:

True, some Doctors will do this others do not. From my own experience and that of others I know, it seems to be that they do not. Of course, it's always something that's very easy to do at home as well. It could have to do with the severity of the break as well as to whether a Dr. chooses to wrap it or not.

cathylynn99 from northeastern US on June 30, 2011:

to support the broken toe and perhaps reduce pain by preventing movement, a doctor will tape it to the neighboring toe, creating a sort of splint made of your own body.

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