Broken toe (toe fracture) is usually the result of a direct external force. Symptoms are a swollen, bluish-colored toe, which can not be moved properly. It can be treated very conservatively with a tape bandage or a special medical gypsum shoe. Operation for broken toe is rare but possible.
Broken toe is one of the most common fractures of the forefoot. Each year, 140 out of 100,000 people suffer a toe fracture.
Most toes are made up of three bones: the base member, the middle member, and the end member. The big toe is an exception because it consists of only two bones. In some humans, the middle limb and the end limb are fused together in the small toe. Most often, the base of the small toe is broken.