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How can I tell if my toddler has broken his toe?

(6 Posts)
IlanaK Mon 09-Nov-09 20:12:35

My 15 month old pulled an extremely heavy speaker off a shelf and onto his foot today. His big toe swelled up and looked quite bad. Once he was calm, I pressed on it and moved it around and he did not scream, though it was obviously uncomfortable. This happened about 2 and a half hours ago and I just checked it again before putting him to bed and it is still swollen and red. And it feels hard across the middle where I think it took the full brunt of the speaker.

So, how can I tell if it is broken and do I need to do anything about it?

SazZaVoom Mon 09-Nov-09 20:14:24

Oh poor lamb sad

However AFAIK they do nothing about broken toes anyway, they just have to heal themselves. If it is painful i would rub in some arnica and maybe give him some ibuprofen

bigchris Mon 09-Nov-09 20:15:17

get it xrayed?

Heated Mon 09-Nov-09 20:18:37

If he can bend it and walk on it then it's probably ok - having hair line fractured my big toe, neither were possible! Elevating the foot, ice compress & ibuprofen will all reduce the swelling.

IlanaK Mon 09-Nov-09 20:20:02

Ok, he can definately walk on it so it must be just badly bruised.


Heated Mon 09-Nov-09 20:20:30

Btw, they did nothing to it, had to heal itself, and I did end up wearing DMs for about 8m afterwards!

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