Fractures of toes are quite common, and can result from a direct blow to the foot, for example, the accidentally kicking something hard or dropping a heavy object on your toes. They can also result from the overuse and repetitive stress that comes with participating in high-impact sports like running and rugby.

Although fracturing a bone in your toe or forefoot can be quite painful, it rarely requires surgery. In most cases, a toe fracture will heal with rest and a change in footwear.