Turf toe is a sprain that occurs at the base of the big toe where it meets the ball of the foot. The condition typically results from either jamming the toe, or pushing off repeatedly when running or jumping.
The most common symptom of turf toe is pain at the base of the big toe. In some cases, stiffness and swelling may also occur.
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 play.
What happens to the 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. This causes a sprain due to the toe being hyperextended excessively.
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 as well. 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 a steel insole, can be used to limit the motion of the big toe and prevent further damage to the joint capsule.
At Healthy Feet Store, we offer a variety of high-quality products that are effective for helping to prevent turf toe. Our full steel turf toe insole and half steel turf toe insole are doctor-recommended because, in addition to being ideal for preventing turf toe, these insoles are also suitable for other foot problems, such as ball of foot pain, which require 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. They are often used to prevent and correct metatarsophalangeal (M.P.) joint injuries as well.
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