How to Say It: dis-loh-keyted toh
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
A dislocated toe is when a bone in the toe joint moves out of its normal place.
This injury is caused by trauma from:
Playing contact sports may raise the risk of this problem.
Problems may be:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You will also be asked how the injury happened. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the foot.
Images of the foot may be needed. This can be done with x-rays.
It may take up to 8 weeks to recover. It depends on which toe was injured and how severe it was. The goals of treatment are to put the bones of the toe back into place and to promote healing.
The bones can be put back in place:
Other treatment may include:
This injury is due to an accident. These are hard to prevent.
Foot Health Facts—American College Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine
When it Hurts to Move—Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
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Overview of dislocations. The Merck Manual Professional Edition website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/injuries-poisoning/dislocations/overview-of-dislocations. Accessed February 18, 2021.
Last reviewed December 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Laura Lei-Rivera, PT, DPT
Last Updated: 2/18/2021