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Broken Toes Cost

How Much Do Broken Toes Cost?

average costWith Health Insurance: 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $1,000-$10,000+
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A broken toe usually does not require invasive treatment, and often is treated with taping and rest. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising and, in some cases, trouble walking and a crooked toe.

Typical costs:

  • Without health insurance, diagnosis and treatment for a broken toe typically includes the cost of the X-ray, a facility fee and a doctor fee for a typical total of less than $1,000 for non-surgical treatment to $10,000 or more for surgical treatment. A toe X-ray costs an average of $110, according to NewChoice[1] , but some providers charge $1,000 or more. Non-surgical treatment of a fracture of the big toe can cost $254, not including the doctor fee, while surgical treatment costs about $8,900, not including the doctor fee, according to Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center[2] in Lincoln, NE. A typical doctor fee for non-surgical treatment of a fracture would include $90 to $200 for an office visit and could also include $250 to $950 for a procedure, such as realignment, or $2,000 or more for surgery, according to Carolina Orthopaedic Surgery Associates[3] .
  • Treatment for a broken toe typically is typically covered by health insurance. A patient with insurance would typically pay an X-ray copay, an office visit copay and coinsurance of 10% to 50% percent for the procedure. The cost could be $100 or less for non-surgical treatment up to the yearly out-of-pocket maximum for surgery.
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What should be included:
  • For a minor fracture, realignment of bones might not be necessary and treatment typically includes taping and rest.
  • If necessary, the doctor will use local anesthesia to realign the bones, then will tape the broken toe to the adjacent toe, with a piece of gauze in between, to hold the bones in place. Diabetic patients will have to wear a special hard shoe instead. Surgery usually is not required.
  • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons[4] offers a primer on toe fractures and treatment.
Additional costs:
  • Going to an emergency room for initial treatment could add an emergency room visit fee of $500 or more to the final bill.
  • Some hospitals and podiatric and orthopedic surgeons offer discounts for uninsured/cash paying patients. For example, the Southern California Orthopedic Institute offers discounted services for cash-paying patients, and so does For Your Feet Podiatric Medicine/Foot Surgery in Colorado.
  • Some free clinics, such as the Community Health Free Clinic[5] in Chicago, offer orthopedic and podiatric specialty care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services[6] offers a directory of federally funded health centers. These centers are open to anyone and fees are charged on a sliding scale based on federal poverty guidelines; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends contacting clinics directly for specific information on their discount policies. If the nearest clinic doesn't offer orthopedic care, ask for a referral.
Shopping for broken toes:
  • A broken toe would be treated by an orthopedic surgeon or a podiatric surgeon. A sports-related injury also could be treated by a doctor who specializes in sports medicine, who could be either a family physician or an orthopedic surgeon.
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery[7] offers an orthopedic surgeon finder by city, state or zip code. The American Board of Podiatric Surgery offers a doctor locator[8] . And the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine offers a doctor locator.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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Posted by: LadyDi in Freehold, NJ.Posted: February 21st, 2013 10:02AM
Type of Treatment: nothingMedical Center: Monmouth Medical center and Centra State
My toe isn't broken yet cause I had an infection and bleeding. The company I worked for let me go so they wouldn't have to pay for anything. I have kept it safe cause I only want the surgery to correct the problem and the company refuses to pay for it and my lawyer is not fighting for it. I have been sick and it seems the medical profession doesn't want to help. I am suffering financially and medically cause no one wants to do the right thing.
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Cost of tx for broken toe
Amount: $559.00
Posted by: Vickie in Lakeland, FL.Posted: April 19th, 2012 02:04PM
Type of Treatment: ER X-rays taping. BootMedical Center: Lakeland Regional Hosp.
Insurance: BCBS
Total. Billed was 3,500.00 to insurance. Ended up paying 559.00 Also asked for discount for payment in full.
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