I am reading this article about broken toe:

If your toe is crooked after the injury, the bone may be out of place and need to be straightened in order to heal properly. This may be done either with or without surgery.

It is the broken, I think it really needs surgery. Then why does this article shows may not needed?

  • Most bone fractures don't require surgery. I don't know why you think they would.
    – Carey Gregory
    Aug 1 '17 at 17:13

Speaking from experience: Depending on the type and severity of the break, if the bone has not yet healed in place, you can potentially tape the toe in such a way to keep it straight while the bone heals. Because it is difficult to stay off of your feet for several weeks to allow the bone to be stable, a boot is sometimes recommended.

Which toe it is also matters with regard to treatment. The big toe is responsible for 50% of the utility of all of your toes (source: my orthopedist). The other 4 toes share the remaining 50%. So, if it is a smaller toe that is broken, a loss in functionality is not quite as problematic.

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    Aug 1 '17 at 18:37

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