There are several bones in each toe, all of which are susceptible to breaking. Toe fractures are typically caused by dropping something on the toe or impact against it. They can also be due to stress fractures resulting from repetitive movements in sports. When a toe is fractured, it may appear bruised or swollen and feel stiff and painful.
Casting is rarely required for a toe fracture. Most often, the injury heals well by using ice packs, keeping the foot elevated and having the toe taped to the next toe to fix it in position and provide support. Typically, taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen is enough to manage any pain.