Stable Toe Fracture – Advice Sheet: Children

Patient Experience

  • Reference Number: HEY-483C/2020
  • Departments: Orthopaedics
  • Last Updated: 18 May 2020

This advice sheet has been produced to give you information about a stable toe fracture.  It is not meant to replace discussion between you and your child’s doctor.  If after reading it, you require further explanation please discuss this with the relevant person who has been caring for your child.

Your son/daughter has had a plaster tape neighbour strapping of the toes applied today in the Fracture Clinic.

Your child must keep bending and extending their toes all the time to avoid stiffness.  Injured toes become stiff very quickly so it is very important to exercise their toes all the time by moving them about.

Initially your child will find it more comfortable to walk on their heel and with time gradually return to normal walking over several weeks.  Your child may also find it more comfortable to wear open sandals/shoes initially.

The plaster tape neighbour strapping will need to be removed after 3 weeks or _____ weeks from the day of application and your child’s toes left free.

Your child should avoid any contact sport i.e. football, rugby, hockey, netball etc. for a further 6 weeks.  Care should also be taken if riding bikes, scooters or using roller blades.

The long-term implication of the injury will have been explained to you.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.

Following your child’s appointment today, the doctor has discharged your son or daughter from clinic.  This means they will not have another appointment to see us.

If your child has any problems or you have further queries relating to this injury, please contact us during clinic hours 9.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this sheet, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic on telephone: (01482) 675181

Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about your child. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about

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