What Is Turf Toe

Turf Toe is most commonly associated with being a football injury but what exactly is turf toe? toe

Turf toe by definition is an injury to the big toe due to forced hyper extension (bending back in a upward motion) of the toe.



This motion causes damage is to the capsule of the joint (the first metatarsophalangeal joint) and the ligaments that connect the big toe and the foot. Very flexible shoes render you susceptible to the injury. Your big toe becomes painful, tender and swollen.

Treatment: Turf toe is usually treated by icing, rest and anti-inflammatory medication. Wrapping tap around the big toe and a stiff insole insert in the shoe may help prevent hyperextension of the toe. Turf toe gets it’s name from it being a common occurrence on the artificial playing surfaces used in American football. Turf toe can also come about from other sports played on artificial turf, in grass sports, and even from participation in ballet. Medically speaking turf toe is referred to as a metatarsophalangeal joint sprain.


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