Turf Toe

Turf Toe is a name used to describe sprains in the big toe. Usually, these sprains are caused by forces stretching the tendons running underneath the toe ('dorsiflexion').

This injury can be very painful, making walking and running very difficult. In extreme cases, the big toe may be dislocated, and need to be returned to position by a clinician.

In most cases, turf toe can be treated with protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation. Returning to sports or other high-demand activities may require special shoes, insoles for shoes (orthotics) or physiotherapy. When more severe sprains have occurred, some time in a walking boot or plaster can help give the toe time to heal.

For more information, consult your family doctor, podiatrist or physiotherapist.

Other injuries and conditions that seem similar to Turf Toe include gout and arthritis in the big toe.


22 September, 2012