We have all experienced waking up in the middle of the night and stubbing our toe on the bedpost. Toes are easy to catch on a sheet and they inevitably get caught in a divot in the ground. As soon as the accident happens…you see stars! Who knew there were that many nerve endings in a toe! As soon as stars fade, the next question is “what do I do with a broken toe?” The answer is simple…call your podiatrist! Most broken toes or toe sprains remain in good alignment. You can try splinting it to the adjacent toe for better stability. Depending on the amount of pain and the severity of the injury, a podiatrist may issue you surgical shoe to help reduce pain to the toe. Usually bone heals in approximately 6-8 weeks depending on how quickly you seek treatment for the injury. It is common to have occasional aching and throbbing as the broken toe heals. Whatever you do, don’t ignore it! Broken toes that are not treated properly can develop post traumatic arthritis and cause pain or discomfort. It can make walking or exercise difficult and cause pain with closed toe shoes. So if you sustained an injury to your toe and need help with the aftercare, call Advanced Podiatry at 813-875-0555 and let our expert’s help you treat it today!