- Step 1: Note a snap or pop Note whether you heard a snap or pop at the time of the injury.
- Step 2: Note response to touch Observe whether the pain is worse when you move or touch the toe.
- Step 3: Note any swelling or bruising Look for swelling and bruising.
- TIP: A broken toe may turn black and blue, and you may observe bleeding or discoloration under your toenail.
- Step 4: Note any deformation Check whether the toe is deformed.
- TIP: A dislocated toe can also appear deformed.
- Step 5: Consult your doctor Consult your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. They will perform a physical examination, and may order an X-ray. While you can guess about your toe's state on your own, your doctor can be certain about not only what is wrong, but how to fix it.
- FACT: A 2009 study suggests that you can test the flexibility of your cardiac arteries by touching your toes.
You Will Need
- Snap during injury
- Pain response to movement
- Swelling or bruising
- Your doctor
- Physical examination
- Bleeding or discoloration (optional)