Turf Toe Signs and Treatment

With last night’s football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots, the NFL season is officially underway. Expert opinions vary quite a bit when it comes to how the Bengals are projected to do this year, but it’s reasonably safe to say the team won’t be playing in the Super Bowl … unless maybe if the Patriots are moved out of the AFC!

(That being said, the AFC North is fairly open for any team not based in Cleveland, so perhaps Dalton will at least lead the team to the playoffs again.)

Football is currently the most popular sport in our nation. Whether you follow the pros or have children playing in youth leagues, you’re probably quite familiar with the sport. This means you will likely realize it comes with a fair degree of injury risk—including ones like turf toe.Football

Of course, football isn't the only sport where injury risk exists, which means it’s important for all athletes to be able to recognize things like turf toe symptoms so they can receive the treatment they need to get back to the field or court.

Turf toe is a condition wherein the ligaments in the big toe have become excessively stretched when the toe extends beyond its intended range of motion. This can happen when the forefoot is planted in the ground—often with an athletic shoe feature spikes or cleats—and the rest of the foot keeps moving forward.

The most common turf toe symptoms include swelling, pain, and limited joint movement in the base of the big toe. Sometimes the condition is caused by overuse or repetitive actions, in which case the symptoms often have a gradual onset and worsen slowly over time. When the injury is direct, symptoms are more likely to have a sudden appearance and will worsen over the following 24 hours.

No matter the cause and symptoms exhibited, it is important to come see us here at Sunshein Podiatry for a proper evaluation and treatment.

The turf toe treatment plan we create will be based on the severity of the injury. There are basically three grades (1-3) of turf toe injuries, with Grade 3 being the most severe. For a Grade 1 sprain, we may recommend RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), taping, and medication. Grade 2 sprains will be treated with similar methods, but also the possible use of a boot to immobilize the affected joint and an extended period of rest. When it comes to Grade 3 cases of turf toe, we will likely need to provide additional immobilization and may consider surgery (in rare instances).

Come see us at Sunshein podiatry for all of your foot care needs. We can help you overcome turf toe symptoms and get you back into action, so give us a call at (937) 435-7477 or connect with our Centerville, OH office online today.

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