Toe Fracture: Rehab Exercises

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Your Care Instructions

Here are some examples of typical rehabilitation exercises for your condition. Start each exercise slowly. Ease off the exercise if you start to have pain.

Your doctor or physiotherapist will tell you when you can start these exercises and which ones will work best for you.

How to do the exercises

Passive toe exercise

How to do the passive toe exercise
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  1. Sit on the floor, with the heel of your affected foot on the floor. Use one hand to hold your foot steady.
  2. Using the thumb and index (pointing) finger of your other hand, slowly bend your toe forward and then backward. Hold each position for about 15 seconds.
  3. Repeat 2 to 4 times.

Toe curl

How to do toe curl exercise
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  1. Sit on the floor, with the heel of your affected foot on the floor.
  2. Gently curl your toes forward and then backward. Hold each position for about 6 seconds.
  3. Repeat 8 to 12 times.

Towel scrunches

How to do towel scrunches
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  1. Sit in a chair, and place your affected foot on a towel on the floor.
  2. Scrunch the towel toward you with your toes. Then use your toes to push the towel back into place.
  3. Repeat 8 to 12 times.

Marble pick-ups

Picture of how to do marble pick-ups
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  1. Put some marbles on the floor next to a cup.
  2. Sit in a chair, and use the toes of your affected foot to lift up one marble from the floor at a time. Then try to put the marble in the cup.
  3. Repeat 8 to 12 times.

Towel stretch

Picture of how to do towel stretch
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  1. Sit with your legs extended and knees straight.
  2. Place a towel or belt around your foot just under your toes.
  3. Hold both ends of the towel or belt, with your hands above your knees.
  4. Pull back with the towel or belt so that your foot stretches toward you.
  5. Hold the position for at least 15 to 30 seconds.
  6. Repeat 2 to 4 times.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

Where can you learn more?

Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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Current as of: May 23, 2016