Turf toe is an injury to the base of the big toe. This is commonly caused by a forceful impact with the ground causing the toe to hyper-extend. The common name of turf toe came from the high occurrence of this injury on older artificial turf surfaces. This injury is commonly seen in football,
Upon your arrival to your first physical therapy appointment, you will undergo an examination to determine the severity of your injury as well as to identify any lower leg functional weaknesses or loss of range of motion. Most turf toe injuries do not require surgery and are treated with physical therapy. The treatment depends on the severity of the injury.
Turf toe sounds harmless right? What’s the big deal? But for many professional athletes, turf toe has been a career ender. Remember PrimeTime Deion Sanders? Maybe the greatest cornerback to have ever played football. It was 1998 and the Dallas Cowboys were dominant in the first half of the season, especially Deion Sanders.
The RICE method is the best treatment to follow at home.
- Rest – Avoid activities that increase toe pain and try to stay off of it as much as possible. You may use crutches if pain is too bad with walking.
- Ice- Apply ice around the affected area as often as possible.