Are you limping from pain because you stubbed, jammed, or broke a toe? One of the most simple yet effective treatments for an injured toe is buddy taping. If you’ve ever injured a toe before, your doctor probably sent you to your local CVS or Walgreens to get medical tape, bandages, and gauze to tape your toes together. Or maybe you’ve seen an athlete with his or her toes taped together but were unsure why.
If you haven’t heard of it, buddy taping is used for various toe and finger injuries, including some non-serious toe fractures. It’s a technique that involves taping your damaged toe together with a healthy toe. This allows your healthy toe to act as a splint, keeping your hurt one in a natural position for healing. Our buddy toe wraps share the same philosophy as buddy taping, without the hassle of tape.
These non-slip toe straps can be used to treat many toe injuries including:
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Use our buddy toe wrap for non-serious breaks and sprains. If you suspect a serious break or open toe fracture, be sure to schedule a doctors appointment right away, especially if you experience bleeding, coldness, numbness, or a tingling sensation.
Possible complications of a broken toe include nail injury, compound fracture, infection, deformity, and arthritis. Depending on the severity of the fracture, your toe may need to be put back into place or require surgery.
Check out our broken toe boot for toe fractures and foot injury recovery.
So which works better for your injured toe - buddy toe wraps or tape? Here are the five major perks of using our toe straps instead of tape:
The one size fits all design allows the buddy wrap to be worn comfortably for toe or finger injuries. By holding two or more of your toes together, buddy wraps provide support to help realign and heal your injured toe. (Learn more about using this wrap for finger injuries.)
When applied properly, your hurt toe should be wrapped to an adjacent toe most similar in height and thickness. This is the best way to ensure your injured joint is protected from harmful twisting and sideways motion. Many athletes are able to return to training fairly quickly, wearing these sprained toe wraps to prevent further injury.
Splints provide secure and reusable toe protection without adhesive or rough edges, eliminating the need for buddy taping. (Shop additional toe immobilizers and stabilizers.) Tape is hard to keep clean and can’t be reused. Our buddy toe wraps can last for weeks during your recovery process if cared for properly. Check out the frequently asked questions below for washing instructions.
Made from a soft and comfortable foam-like material, these buddy straps are perfect for everyone, from elderly people with frail skin to patients with tape allergies. Adhesive on medical tape often includes latex, but our buddy toe wraps are 100% latex free.
They are also easily removed, protecting your hurt toe without the messy and painful removal process associated with medical tape.
The breathable foam toe loops are lined with a rubberized, non-slip hex material that grips your skin to prevent slipping or rolling during work, athletic activities, and more.
What conditions / injuries do these toe wraps treat? Treats and protects your toe after injuries such as sprains, strains, mild breaks, dislocations, bruising, swelling, and jammed or stubbed toes. (Click here for turf toe or bunion treatment options.)
How do they work? These soft, toe wraps are designed to hold two toes together securely so the undamaged toe can act as a brace, providing comfortable immobilization, support and protection, to help realign and heal injured joints.
Who can wear these braces? Thanks to its universal design, men and women of all ages can benefit from these toe stabilizers.
What size should I get? One size fits all.
When should I wear them? You should always follow a doctor’s instructions regarding usage. But generally speaking, you can safely wear these buddy splints until you can seek medical care. Don't use them as a substitute for seeking medical attention.
What are they made of? Latex-free foam, lined with a rubberized, non-slip hex material, and Velcro closures.
How tall are these toe splints? The toe splint is a half inch wide.
How do I put them on? Grab one buddy splint, undoing the Velcro closure to open it up. Slip the loop portion over your injured toe. Wrap it around the toe next to it, and fasten with the Velcro closure. Try to wrap toe together that are closest in length and thickness. Make sure the “buddy” toe is uninjured. Wrapping two injured toes together could worsen your injury.
Washing Instructions: Hand wash in warm water with mild soap. Allow buddy wrap to air dry completely before reapplying. Do not use high temperatures to wash or dry.
Natural, non-invasive fix for many sources of toe pain.
“Buddy” toe protects your injured toe from further impairment during recovery.
Easy to put on, take off and adjust.
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