Do you need to see a podiatrist for turf toe?
Our podiatrists will identify and treat the true cause of your toe pain for a speedy recovery!
Turf Toe Injury Treatments and Recovery Time
Toe pain can be caused by injury, genetics, arthritis, gout and the list goes on. If you think you may have turf toe, make an appointment to get your big toe joint checked out by our experienced podiatrists. Knowing the true cause of your pain is the fastest way to treat it.
What is turf toe and how do you get it?
Turf toe is a sprain of the big toe joint.
A turf toe injury usually happens when the big toe is jammed or bent too far back during sports. It can also be repetitive stress injury from repeated pushing off to run or jump.
The term ‘turf toe’ comes from injuries sustained on artificial turf. Athletes and dancers are the most likely to suffer a sprain of the ligaments around the big toe joint.
How can you tell if you have turf toe?
Symptoms of turf toe:
- Ball of foot and big toe are painful and tender
- Ball of foot and big toe have bruising and swelling
- Cannot push off from big toe
- Big toe joint has limited movement*
- Ball of foot cannot bear weight**
*Limited movement in the big toe joint can also be a symptom of hallux limitus/rigidus.
**Inability to bear weight on your injured foot can also be a symptom of a stress fracture or other issues.
Pain and symptoms in the feet and toes can mask the true cause. Always get a diagnosis from a podiatrist before attempting treatment at home.
One of our surgical podiatrists Dr. Henke explains what patients need to know about turf toe in this video.
Treatments for Turf Toe
RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) treatment is recommended. The most important factor is giving the injured tissues enough time to heal.
Your podiatrist may recommend an over-the-counter painkiller/anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen.
Taping can also be done to stabilize and relieve stress on the injured toe.
For severe toe sprains a walking cast/boot or even surgery may be required.
How long does it take to recover from turf toe?
Like most sprains, recovery time can be prolonged. You should plan on taking a rest from sport or training for at least three weeks. It’s important to give the joint capsule enough time to heal completely.
‘Playing through the pain’ or returning to the field too soon will only result in more serious injury and even more time sitting on the sidelines.
Milwaukee Foot Doctors Treating Turf Toe Injuries
Before you try home remedies or exercises to relieve toe pain, get an expert diagnosis from one of our experienced podiatrists. Don’t risk making the situation worse by ignoring the pain or guessing at the best course of treatment.
Left untreated, turf toe and other injuries can lead to further pain and even foot deformities like hallux varus.