During the physical exam, your doctor will check for points of tenderness in your toes. He or she will also check the skin around your injury to make sure it's intact and that the toe is still receiving adequate blood flow and nerve signals.
If your doctor suspects that you have a broken toe, he or she will probably order X-rays of your foot taken from a variety of angles.
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