Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist) Questions Podiatrist

Will walking on a broken toe make it worse?

I am a 29 year old female and I broke my toe. Will walking on a broken toe make it worse?

11 Answers

Walking on anything broken is not advised.
Yes, due to instability, may require specific taping by a professional.
No, it can make the pain linger longer if not in a proper shoe. If you have a broken toe it is easiest and less painful to wear a stiff soled shoe and buddy tape the toe to the next one.
Although it may be possible to move and walk on your broken toe, you should avoid doing so as this can lead to even greater damage and prolonged healing time.
Depending on how badly it is broken, it can cause it not to heal properly and require surgery

Walking on a broken toe can at times make things worse, and make the fracture (broken toe) worse.
Any fracture can be worsened in pain and swelling by walking a lot if the fracture is not healed. Also, a fracture can displace if you walk too much on a fractured bone (this means the fracture fragments can move). If you displace the fragments to a point where there is too much gap between fragments, or if the become severely maligned, you may require surgery to get the bones back into place and to allow for proper healing
Walking on a broken toe can cause the problem to worsen if the bone shifts where it will have a difficult time healing. I recommend you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist (foot and ankle surgeon) for follow up
Yes, oftentimes, the bone may become further dislocated and contribute to other painful foot conditions.
It will probably make it hurt and swell more. A lot depends on whether the bone is aligned or not. If it is displaced it will get worse by walking and may need surgical correction. If it is well-aligned, walking (some) will probably not worsen the injury. A surgical shoe, which is essentially a splinting device is helpful. It is usually painful to walk in an enclosed shoe until the swelling and soft tissue injury subsides.