When the big toe is jammed or repeatedly pushed off, turf toe can result. Turf toe is a sprain of the big toe joint ligaments from hyperextension. With this condition, the tissue can be stretched too much or torn, resulting in pain, swelling, or immobility. Turf toe is first treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation along with pain medication. The joint may need to be immobilized with a boot or cast to allow the toe to heal. Exercises and physical therapy can help strengthen the joint and prevent stiffness. If conservative treatment fails to relieve pain symptoms of turf toe, surgery may be necessary to repair tissue and restore the joint to normal function.
Turf toe is common among athletes and dancers, but anyone can experience this type of sprain. To learn more about this condition and the treatment we offer here at Triangle Orthopaedics, please contact our office.
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