How to Reset a Dislocated Toe
The Dislocated Toe Symptoms
Disloction happen more often than one might think. Although this type of injury can be painful, it's usually far better to have a dislocated joint rather than a broken or sprained joint due to the fact that the time to recover from a dislocation is shorter than a sprain and significantly shorter than a broken bone.
The toes and and figures are particularly prone to getting dislocated as they're constantly in use. The toes in particular carry are weight, are used for balanced and have the annoying habit of being on the front of the foot meaning that they're very easy to stub or to bump into something. Many toe injuries are related to sports due to the fact the toe is constantly being buffeted against the front of a shoe.
If you do suspect you have a dislocated toe, it's important to look for the dislocated toe symptoms to make sure you're applying the correct treatment for the injury. Trying to reset a sprained or broken toe is not a good idea. We also recommend you seek the help of a trained physician or sports docor who likely has experience in these matters.
The symptoms of a dislocated toe include: swelling, tenderness and soe bruising. You should be able to move the toe (even if it causes pain). If the swelling severe or there is blood, do not attempt to reset the toe yourself. The most noteable sign of a dislocated toe is that the joint will appear deformed or out of alignment. This usually means you should be be able to manually ease it back into place.
Dislocated Toe Treatment
If you are going to reset the toe aim to have a friend or assitant to help you in the process. Remain calm and remove the sock and any other covering away from the injured foot. Carefully feel around the joint for the deformation noting and sports of tenderness. If you've got a good sense of feeling you can sometimes tell where the joint is out of the socket and will have a good idea of how to slide it back in. If you can't identify where the dislocated joint should be moving, it would be best to see a doctor.
If you can however, carefully start pullin the toe joint startig halfway up the foot. It's often easier for a friend to perform this but it is possible to do it yourself. Gently tug the toe joint away from the foot in smooth, gentle motions trying to get it in alignment. Don't push yourself too hard. Keep repeatin this action until the injured digit begins to striaghten and then gently, using the same movement, pull the nub of the toe into alignment with the socket. You may feel a slight click or thump as the toe slides into place.
If this is causing serious pain and you don't think you can continue, call a doctor as soon as possible. After the joint as been reset you'll likely need it buddy wrapped or attached to a splint for two to three weeks before you can start to bear your full weight on the toe again. Remember to use your best judgement and never push yourself too hard.