Turf Toe

Turf toe is a condition of pain at the base of the big toe, located at the ball of the foot. The condition is usually caused from either jamming the toe, or pushing off repeatedly when running or jumping. The most common complaint is pain at the base of the toe, but you may also have symptoms of stiffness and swelling.

Where does the name come from? The name turf toe comes from the fact that this injury is especially common among athletes who play on artificial turf. The hard surface of artificial turf, combined with running and jumping in football and soccer, makes turf toe a frequent consequence of Astroturf play.

What happens to the toe in Turf Toe? When a player sustains a turf toe injury they are actually tearing the capsule that surrounds the joint at the base of the toe.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Treatment of Turf Toe consists of resting the sore toe, icing the area, and elevating the foot; anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended by your doctor. Athletes diagnosed with turf toe should avoid their sport for about three weeks to allow the joint capsule to heal. Once returning to activities, special inserts, such as the steel insole, can be used to limit the motion of the big toe and prevent further damage to the joint capsule.

Our full steel turf toe insole and half steel turf toe insole are Doctor recommended because they are ideal for preventing turf toe and are also suitable for other foot problems, such as ball of foot pain, requiring a rigid or semi-rigid foot bed. These insoles combine the benefits of a special spring steel insert with the cushioning of a padded top. Used to prevent and correct metatarsophalangeal(M.P.) joint injuries.

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