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How to Tape a Hurt Toe

author image Jeff Herman
Jeff Herman began his journalism career in 2000. An experienced, award-winning sportswriter, his work has appeared in "The Washington Post," "ESPN the Magazine" and the "Boston Herald," among other publications. Herman has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from West Virginia University.
How to Tape a Hurt Toe
Wrapping your injured toe can help it to heal.

Toe injuries can occur quite easily. Whether you’ve dropped a heavy object on your toe, stubbed your toe on the newly arranged furniture or kicked the wall when realizing your lotto ticket was one number off, there's one commonality: it hurts. Your toes are made up of 19 different small bones that can easily be injured and even broken. While serious toe injuries require a doctor’s care, taping them limits any movement that can cause further pain or worsen the injury.

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Step 1

Gather all the supplies you’ll need. Getting your materials together before you start will prevent you from having to walk more than you need to before you get your toe supported by wrapping it.

Step 2

Check to see if you are bleeding. With some toe injuries, the skin may be cut. If so, spread on antibiotic ointment and place a small bandage on the toe to prevent the blood from sticking to your wrapping and to keep germs out of your wound.

Step 3

Grasp your hurt toe and its neighbor. The next uninjured toe will also be included in the wrapping, so decide which toe you will use as a buddy to support or splint the injured toe.

Step 4

Insert padding in-between the two toes. This can be gauze, cotton or another similar material such as a piece of felt. Padding should be the same length as your toes and should be thick enough to fit comfortably between the two without stretching them too far apart. The padding provides cushioning between the two toes so that they don’t rub together and cause pain; it also absorbs any moisture that may be between the toes.

Step 5

Wrap it up. Place one end of the tape on the front of your toes and begin to wrap around both the injured and support toe. Make two to three rounds or more, depending on the size of your toe, with the tape in an even fashion to support the entire length of both toes. Cut the tape and press gently down until the end is secured.

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