Turf Toe: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment - Dr Foot Podiatry

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Turf Toe


Turf Toe


Turf Toe is a strain of the main joint of the big toe. It is caused by the hyperextension of the big toe during repeated forceful sprints. Common symptoms include stiffness and pain of the big toe. These symptoms will gradually worsen over time if repetitive injury occurs. This usually affects the entire joint which results in limited toe movement.

How did this happen?

  • It is usually caused by the excessive upward bending of the big toe joint
  • Constant jamming of the big toe
  • Repetitive injury caused when jumping or sprinting

What should I do?

  • Have ample rest for the toe
  • Apply ice packs to reduce inflammation
  • An elastic compression band can be used 
  • Elevate your leg to reduce inflammation (Swelling)
  • Seek help from a podiatrist

What kind of help can I get?

  • A podiatrist may use a cam walker to limit the toe functions to allow the tissue to heal
  • Once the toe is better, medical insoles can be prescribed 
  • Surgery is considered only if the symptoms continue after conservative methods

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