A fracture of the big toe (hallux) is a common injury. The fracture is treated with a pressure bandage and a special shoe that prevents you from putting weight on your toe.
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Follow these instructions for a good recovery.
- Wear the pressure bandage for a maximum of 1 week. It is not a problem if you remove the pressure bandage earlier.
- If the pressure bandage gets loose, you can find instructions on how to reapply the pressure bandage in our Virtual Fracture Care app and/or in this video.
- You may put pressure on your foot, if your pain allows you to do so. Use crutches if necessary.
- Elevate your foot when you are resting, for example, by putting it on a chair. This will reduce swelling and pain.
- It is important to move the toe as much as possible. No specific exercises are necessary.
- For the first 3 weeks, you should not practice any sports. After 3 weeks, you may start sports again if your pain allows you to do so. It can take up to 6-8 weeks before you have recovered enough to practice sports again.
- Are you in pain? Use a mild pain killer such as acetaminophen. Do not wait with the use of acetaminophen until the pain is too much.
- This type of injury almost always heals well with time and use.
- No specific treatment is required and routine follow-up is not necessary.
- Does the pain increase, or does it not improve? Please contact our 'Breuklijn' (fracture hotline). See also the information at the bottom of this page.
Virtual Fracture Care app
In our Virtual Fracture Care app, you can find more information about your injury. You can also find exercises here to improve your recovery. You can find the app in the Appstore (iPhone) and in the Google Store (Android). You can also scan the QR-code, automatically you will be transferred to the app.
Questions? Please call the 'Breuklijn'
If there are any questions after reading this information, please call the 'Breuklijn' (fracture hotline) on workdays between 10.00-12.00.