Story by: Henry Winkelhake on December 9, 2019
Turf toe is a sprain of the big toe joint where it meets your foot (the metatarsophalangeal or MTP joint). While the injury often is associated with sports played on artificial turf, especially football, it also can be caused by soccer, basketball, dance, ballet and gymnastics.
The injury can be painful and long-lasting, but treatment is fairly straightforward. Most athletes make a full recovery.
Artificial turf gets much of the blame for turf toe because it is less forgiving than grass and makes for less flexibility when athletes attempt to push off with their feet.
Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and limited range of movement. Turf toe injuries are categorized in one of three types.
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Treatment will vary depending on the grade of the injury.
Physical therapy exercises are often helpful to increase range of motion and rebuild strength in the injured toe. Athletes should always treat these injuries with caution, as it is possible for mild cases to worsen if left untreated.
You can reduce your risk of a turf toe injury by wearing athletic shoes with more support and less flexibility. A prescription insert for athletic shoes also can reduce the probability of suffering a sprain.
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