Monday, October 10, 2011

Turf Toe: A Tough Injury to Overcome

With the fall weather comes football season – and unfortunately, with football season comes injury. Whether you find yourself at your local football field to cheer on your own football star, cheering on your high school team from the stands, watching the Buckeyes take the field on Saturdays or the Bengals or Browns on Sundays, chances are you’ll hear the expression “turf toe” at one time or another this season. The expression turf toe might lead one to believe that the injury is a minor ailment limited only to those wearing football helmets and jerseys; however, this is not the case. Turf toe often plagues dancers as well, and can actually impact anyone in the right circumstances as it is an injury to the soft tissue around the big toe joint that occurs when the toe is extended beyond its normal range of motion.

Turf toe isn’t a simple injury that pulls a player out of a game or a dancer out of a single performance. It can leave athletes sidelined for weeks in extreme pain.

The good news is that there are a few precautions you could take to limit your risk for turf toe. The number one recommendation is to wear shoes with support to prevent the toe joint from bending too far. Your podiatrist may also be able to recommend or prescribe special inserts for you that will help prevent this.
Particularly if you’ve had more than one battle with turf toe, it may benefit you to consult with a physical therapist or sports medicine specialist to see if there are steps you can take to help correct any problems with your natural gait or develop some ways to help reduce the likelihood of injury.

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Aaron Carter said...

This is great to know. I have no idea I could stop turf toe. I thought it was just something I had to deal with. I would love to try some different shoes.

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Seamus Lowe said...

I had never heard of turf toe before, which is strange because I play sports quite a bit. I've been wondering why my toe has been hurting so bad as well. It might be turf toe that's causing it. I'll have to check with a podiatrist to see if it really is.
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Holly James said...

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Sampson Greenovich said...

A good friend of mine has flat feet, and usually people like this get through life without too much difficulty. She however is a dancer and can't live without it. She has been dancing since she was very young and it has always caused her foot problems. She sees a podiatrist every week in order to receive help and support.
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Gerald Vonberger said...

I've never heard of turf toe, but now that I've read this, I think I've had it before. I used to play on a turf soccer field all the time. I remember my toes being sore for the first few days. I'll be playing again in a couple of months so it's good to hear from a podiatrist some preventative measures I can take.

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Jane Fairfax said...

My oldest plays football, and I have heard other mothers talking about "turf toe". It doesn't sound fun, and I want to avoid it as long as possible. We have been seeing a podiatrist for a while, and he has been checking up and helping us stay on top of what we need to do to avoid this. This post should help even more.

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Jim Tracy said...

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Thiago daLuz said...

Ugh, I've heard about "turf toe" before. It sounds particularly unpleasant. My brother has been going to a podiatrist for the past few weeks because of sports injury. Fortunately it's not as serious as this. Thiago | http://www.balancepodiatry.com.au

Jackson Willis said...

I've dealt with ingrown toenails and athlete's foot before. Both of those really sucked, I can't even imagine having turf toe. Podiatrists are way under appreciated. We spend so much time on our feet, we really need to make sure we're taking care of them.
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Zach Thalman said...

Do they have any medicine to treat turn toe? I used to get that so much when I was playing sports and it was very annoying. I wished they had something to treat it because it really effected my game in a negative way. Maybe I should have visited a podiatrist to see if there was anything I could do to prevent it from happening all the time.

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Caleb Hart said...

I've never even heard of this turf toe. I have friends that play on turf all the time and they never had any problems. I like reading about stuff like this though. I'm a student studying medicine at my college and I'm trying to decide what field to specialize in. I think podiatry is a really rewarding option. http://www.foundationchiropody.ca/podiatric_medicine.html

Edmond Vandergraff said...

Wow, I hope that I never get Turf toe. There are a lot of foot injuries that leave a player out of the game for a single day or something. It would never be fun to have to be stuck on the sidelines for a couple of weeks. http://www.quinnspodiatry.com.au/services

Ted Smith said...

I have never heard of turf toe before. What is it exactly? My son plays football and I don't want him to get it. Thank you for the tips on how to prevent it. If you do get turf toe though, can you go to a podiatrist to get it fixed?

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Anonymous said...

Like the article says, with football season comes injuries. They are pretty much inevitable. Most of us have been a victim to sports injuries. I remember twisting my foot up badly playing basketball. I never got any treatment for it and I think it is coming back to haunt me. I'll have to probably go see a podiatrist for my foot. http://www.walkwithoutpain.com.au

Marcus Morgan said...

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