Turf Toe

If you’re a fan of watching sports, particularly football, you’ve likely heard the term turf toe before. However, did you know that you don’t have to be a professional athlete to suffer from this? At Great Neck Family Foot Care, we are well versed in dealing with this injury. Patients who believe they have developed this shouldn’t hesitate to contact us today.

What Is Turf Toe?

Turf toe is a term commonly used to describe a sprain in the ligaments around the big toe. It is caused by jamming the big toe or repeatedly pushing off it forcefully as one does when they are running or jumping. Although many associate this injury with a football one, the reality is any athlete can be plagued with this.

Symptoms Of Turf Toe

Whenever an injury deals with a ligamentous issue, the results can be devastating. Turf toe symptoms can start immediately after the injury, or they can become progressively worse over time. Any of the below symptoms typically point towards this injury:

  • Tenderness and sensitivity around the joint.
  • Swelling around the base of the joint.
  • Limited range of motion.
  • Stiffness.
  • Pain.

When To Visit A Doctor?

Sometimes, battles with toe pain can be won with nothing more than resting on your own. However, you shouldn’t wait to seek out treatment if you are dealing with turf toe. Below are the scenarios in which patients need to schedule an appointment with our podiatrists right away:

  • Resting has not alleviated any symptoms.
  • You’re having difficulty walking.
  • Pain and swelling are continuing to increase.

Treatment Options

Before offering treatment, Dr. Hochstein, our expert podiatrist, will first evaluate the toe to determine the ligament sprains’ severity. The more severe the sprains, the more intensive treatment will be. Rest assured, we’ll adequately diagnose this so you can receive the treatment you deserve. These potential treatment options include:

  • A mixture of rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E method).
  • Walking boots.
  • The use of crutches to keep pressure off of the foot.
  • In extreme cases, surgery.