If you’ve ever been injured playing sports, chances are you’ve had a teammate hold you up and help you off the field. You’re a team – that means you play together in the good times and support each other when you’re down.
That’s also the idea behind “buddy taping” your injured toes! Your toes work together every day to support your weight and help maintain your posture and balance. When one of them is injured, the others can step up to help support the injured toe.
Buddy taping is a quick, convenient way to support an injured toe that can be done immediately after it gets injured, at home or on the field. For a minor injury like a sprain or strain, your uninjured toes can act as splints to align, protect, and support an injured toe. And all you need is medical or athletic tape like you might find in a first-aid kit at home or in a coach’s, trainer’s, or teammate’s bag if you’re hurt playing sports.
Buddy taping can help support and stabilize most toe injuries, but you should see a doctor immediately if your toe seems crushed, is bent at an unnatural angle, or is bleeding and has a noticeable break.