Toe (phalangeal) fractures nearly always heal with very little treatment; Fractures in children are more difficult to recognise because of the multiple growth centres
Like all toes and components of the foot, the toe is essential during the gait, especially a missing first toe can have significant influence on gait pattern.
It is important to ensure the fracture heals in shape to fit comfortably into a shoe. Management involves finding the right footwear to offload the fracture site. Taping the toe to another toe usually results in well-aligned and well-healed fracture (Biswas, 2013).
Biswas S.K., 2013, Orthopedics: A Postgraduate Companion, J.P. Medical Ltd., London, UK, pp: 958-959