Unusual yet descriptive, turf toe was so named for its high incidence among artificial turf-playing athletes. Essentially it is a hyperextension of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. Read on for more.
Causes & Triggers
- Hard, artificial surfaces
- Keeping the forefoot grounded and the heel raised while the big toe pushes off, as in sports activities
- Soft, flexible athletic shoes
Signs & Symptoms
- Hot to the touch
- Immediate pain and/or pain that worsens in the first 24 hours
- Limited range of motion
- Popping or cracking
Tips & Treatment
- This injury can range from minor stretching of the soft tissue to moderate tearing to severe and total dislocation.
- Treat with RICE: Rest, ice, compression and elevation until consulting with an orthopedic specialist.
- Proper evaluation and treatment may include a physical exam, X-rays or MRI, anti-inflammatory medications and more.