A dislocated toe is a misalignment of the toe bones. A dislocation also causes injury to the blood vessels, nerves, and ligaments that normally keep the bones in place.
A dislocated toe is usually caused by trauma such as:
Factors that may increase your chance of a dislocated toe:
A dislocated toe may cause:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms, medical history, and how the injury occurred. A physical exam will be done. The toe joint and foot will be closely examined. The doctor will most likely be able to diagnose a dislocation based on the exam.
X-rays may be done to make sure the bones are back in their correct place or to look for other damage, such as a fracture.
Emergency care may be needed to safely guide the bone back into place. The doctor can usually guide the bones back in to place by hand. Anesthesia may be used to reduce pain and anxiety. Severe injuries may require surgery to reposition the bones or repair support tissue.
After the toe bones are put back into place, recovery will include:
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Last reviewed November 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
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