The average recovery time for a broken toe is around four to six weeks, according to Mayo Clinic. Doctors generally immobilize a broken toe by taping it to the toe next to it, a technique known as buddy taping. More complicated fractures require casting or surgery to ensure proper healing.
During recovery, doctors often recommend that the patient wear a stiff-bottomed shoe with a soft body that features hook-and-loop closure, reports Mayo Clinic. This prevents the toe from flexing while allowing room for the characteristic swelling of the broken toe. Doctors also often recommend mild pain relievers such as Aleve or Tylenol to ease pain during recovery.