Treating Turf Toe
Turf toe, an injury of the big toe, happens due to a hyperextension of the big toe joint as the heel is raised off the ground.
An external force is placed on the big toe and the soft tissue structures that support the big toe on the top are torn or ruptured.
This injury often occurs in athletes participating in team sports.
Symptoms of turf toe may include tenderness, pain, and swelling of the toe joint. Often, there is a sudden acute onset of pain during the push-off phase of running. The pain is typically not severe enough to keep an athlete from finishing the game or from physical activities in general. If you keep playing through it, however, you can cause more damage, which will increase the amount of time it takes to heal the injury.
Treatments for turf toe may include:
- Equipment change or modification
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Remember to always consult a physician before taking any medication. If you would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online
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