Turf toe is an injury to the big toe joint. This injury gets its name because it is common in Football players, due to the artificial grass that the sport is played on, however it can happen on any surface. The big toe joint (first metatarsal phalangeal joint) is made up of several important ligaments, tendons, and bones which are all vulnerable to injury. The big toe joint is responsible for propulsion and pivoting motions and can be injured when the joint is hyperextended. These injuries can range from a minor sprain to a more severe tear. The first line of treatment is to rest, apply ice, apply a compressive wrap, and elevate the foot. See a podiatrist as soon as possible in order to receive proper treatment so you can get back to your sport as soon as possible.
If you suffer from turf toe or any other injury to the big toe, call Toe-Tal Foot & Ankle Care, where our sports medicine foot and ankle physicians can help you right away!