Turf Toes

Turf Toes

Turf Toe

Do You Have a Foot Condition Known as Turf Toe?

Learn More Information About Turf Toe and How to Treat it at Foot Solutions

Turf toe is a common sports injury that occurs when the big toe is bent upward, resulting in pain and swelling.  The name "turf toe" became a widespread description for this condition when many athletes became injured after playing games on artificial surfaces. An athlete's shoe aggressively grips these artificial surfaces, often causing the body to lean forward and thus bending the toe upward. Foot Solutions offers information and treatment products to help relieve and prevent turf toe symptoms.

About Turf Toe

A metatarsal phalangeal joint sprain is an injury to the joint and connective tissue between the foot and one of the toes. When the big toe (1st phalange) is involved, it is known as "turf toe."

Causes of Turf Toe

Turf toe is named from the injury being associated with playing sports on rigid surfaces. Athletic shoes with very flexible soles combined with cleats that grab the turf will cause overextension of the big toe.

Additionally, worn out shoes allow too much freedom of motion in the forefoot area. This lack of support will assist in transference of forces from the shoe to the foot, increasing the likelihood of injury. The toe is hyper-extended and thus the joint is injured. This can occur on the lesser toes as well.

Many people who play sports and perform martial arts are especially susceptible to turf toe. You are also at risk if you have increased range of motion in the ankle, or are likely to wear shoes with maximum flexibility.

A variation of "turf" toe can also happen when the nail bed is forced into the cuticle and swelling with isolated pain may occur.

Treatment and Prevention of Turf Toe

At Foot Solutions, we know that Injuring the big toe is very easy to do and quite painful. Treatment for turf toe and all grades of sprains includes the common RICE method:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

Gentle range of motion exercises should be instituted as pain allows, bending the toe gently within the limits of pain. As the pain decreases, the amount of motion increases. An orthotic device with a spring steel insert will support the toe along with supportive athletic shoes.

For the best selection of orthotic devices and athletic shoes, shop any of our 250 Foot Solutions locations.