Turf Toe

Updated: Sep 29, 2019

Cause: Forced Dorsiflexion(extension) of the big toe ( usually from sliding and getting the foot caught on a soft patch of clay or attempting sliding on a hard court).

Appearance: Pain in the big toe joint, inability to push off when walking.

Treatment: Toe splinting combined with walking boot for 4 weeks, ice and anti-inflammatory medication (if able to take) Physical therapy is useful after the athlete returns to regular shoes.

Long-term prognosis: If treated soon after injury, full return to sports is likely without issue. If left untreated, deformity and arthritis can be a complication.

Who to call: Podiatrist, orthopedic surgeon

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