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Your child's toe can be forced out of its normal position (dislocated) if he or she jams it or bends it too far backward (hyperextends). Toe dislocations are common, especially during sports. Your child probably knew right away that something was wrong, because the toe hurt a lot, swelled, and looked crooked. The doctor put your child's toe back in its normal position. But your child will still need to be careful, because it can more easily go out of position again.
Rest and home treatment can help your child heal. Your doctor probably taped the injured toe to the one next to it or put a splint on the toe to keep it in position while it heals. Your doctor may recommend exercises to strengthen your child's toe. If your child damaged bones or muscles, he or she may need more treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Gavin W.G. Chalmers DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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