is it sprained or broken?

yesterday I injured my 3rd toe when jumping into a pool and hitting my feet on the bottom. the pain started immediately and worsened with any pressure on my foot but I couldn’t see anything wrong with any toe. this morning it is very swollen and numb with much bruising on the toe and at the base of the toe on my foot. it does move when I wiggle my toes but not as much as the others. I am unemployed and have no insurance but want to know how to tell if it is sprained or broken and what I should do.

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    Vivian Abrams DPM

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    The way doctors can tell if something is broken is with an X ray. From your description though, I’d have to guess it is broken. If you can’t see a podiatrist, then splint the 2nd, 3rd and 4th toes with 1/2″ tape. put a small piece of foam between the toes to cushion them. Wear a sandal or whatever is most comfortable and plan on at least 6 weeks before you can really tolerate shoes well. If you aren’t seeing improvement, soon, then go see a podiatrist.


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