Once in our life, we can experience toe injuries due to small accidents such as stubbing it on furniture or dropping a heavy stuff on it. Since this mishap will not require you to see a doctor immediately, it pays to know how to tape a broken pinkie toe.
Our toes are composed of small bones that tend to be injured or get broken easily. We don’t recommend you to self-medicate your broken pinkie if it's severe, but taping it can limit the movement and prevent further pain and damage.
In most cases, the injured or fractured toe can heal on its own with, of course, proper care and medication at home. Usually, it takes a month to one and a half for it to fully heal. However, if the toe appears crooked or a bone seems to be out of place, it is still better to consult a doctor.
The Things You Will Need
Expect your broken toe to be painful and even swelling. Bruising and numbness on the affected part are also normal. We listed the supplies you need in taping your broken pinkie toe. Make sure to collect all your materials before starting, so you don’t need to walk more.
Scissors and ice pack
A bag of ice or any alternatives that can serve as your “ice pack” can substantially lessen the swelling of the broken toe. It can also help numb the area for a few minutes. Just make sure to use it in moderation as applying it for a longer time can result in frostbite.
For those who don’t have an ice pack, you can make one using a Ziploc bag. Just mix ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol, 9 oz of any dish soap and water. Put the bag with the mixture and let it freeze. Any sharp scissors will do.
Medical gauze and medical tape
The bandage will help stabilize the injured toe and prevent movements. If medical tape and gauze are not available, use other regular alternatives until you have access to it.
We suggest you get a handful of these materials as you need to change the wrapping at least twice a day. Doctors typically use one-sided tapes that are thicker and stretchy for added support.
For injuries concerning the big toe, a splint or cast helps and if this is the case, forget all of these materials and seek medical help.
The Step by Step Guide on How to Tape a Broken Pinkie
First, apply the ice pack or bag on your broken pinkie toe to reduce swelling and numb the area. Remember; do not overdo it to avoid frostbite. You can do it from two to three times a day for only 20 minutes per session.
The procedure will give you soothing relief for quite some time. Do not directly apply the ice on your skin. Carefully dry your toe after this.
Cut 1 inch by 3 inches of gauze and make a strip by folding it in half. Carefully place it between the little toe and the fourth toe. Then cut at least 6 inches of tape and wrap it around the fourth and the pinkie toe.
This procedure is called buddy taping where you will wrap the fractured toe and the toe next to it to keep it stable. You can create a splint using the gauze or cotton and an ice cream stick.
You can add more tapes to firmly secure and strap them together or insert a few cotton or gauze to serve as padding in-between toes to prevent moisture. It will provide cushioning to the toes you have buddy taped won’t rub together.
Place the end of the tape in front of the injured pinkie and start wrapping around it together with the support toe. Depending on your toes’ size, make more rounds then gently secure the end by pressing it.
Don’t forget to change the wrapping 2-3 times a day or every after a shower or when the gauze gets wet.
Never use rubber bands, strings and other materials that can cut off blood circulation. Pay attention to any signs of discoloration of your toes.
Avoid unnecessary movements and rest more so your broken pinkie toe will heal faster. Do not put too much stress and weight on your foot for a couple of weeks.
Elevate your foot when resting to keep the pressure off. However, do not do this for long periods to maintain the blood flowing to your toe.
It is also advisable to increase the walking while your broken toe is still recovering. Once the swelling stops, return to your regular activity, but you should wear stable and protective footwear. You can also experience stiffness and soreness, but this will go away as the muscles start to stretch.
When to See the Doctor
If the pain persists for a week to two, it is time to see the doctor. Likewise, if you experience sudden tingling, numbness, swelling, fevers, chilling and bleeding, have yourself checked. Over-the-counter painkillers will also provide you ease and reduce swelling.
Wrapping can also cause circulation issues so if you have diabetes, contact your health provider instead of wrapping your broken pinkie toe. If the toe is severely crooked or bent, has an open wound or you can see the bone, go to the emergency room and do not wrap it.
Buddy Taping is the Answer
We hope that you find this article on how to tape a broken pinkie toe beneficial like we did. Fractured toes, regardless if it is the big toe or your pinkie could be severely painful and will hurt for a couple of weeks or more.
We know how hard it is to walk and move during this time. By following the steps above for buddy taping, your toe can heal faster in a straight position. If you have more questions, send it to us through the comment section below. Let’s spread the word!