“Turf Toe” is the common term used to describe a sprain of the ligaments surrounding the great toe joint.
It is caused by a forceful upward push, also known as hyperdorsiflexion of the toe, while the rest of the foot remains stationary. Turf Toe can result gradually from the repetitive strain of the ligaments or suddenly from an acute injury.
Many activities that require dorsiflexion of landing on the great toe can cause Turf Toe. Although it is commonly associated with football players who play on artificial turf, it affects athletes in other sports including, basketball, soccer, wrestling, gymnastics, and dance.
At Gotham Footcare, your doctor will perform a thorough physical and radiographic evaluation of the great toe joint to rule out both soft tissue and osseous injury.
This particular injury can range from a mild sprain to a ruptured ligament. Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery time can range from less than a week to more than a month. Initially, your doctor will advise you to R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate) your foot. You may be immobilized with a pneumatic walking boot, and given a topical and/or oral NSAID to help reduce pain and swelling.
Once your pain decreases, we offer in-office physical therapy as an option to restore strength and flexibility to your foot. Your doctor will also employ taping techniques, such as kinesiology taping after the injury to limit the mobility of the strained tissue and promote healing.
At Gotham Footcare in NYC, we strive at recognizing your individual needs and desired outcomes while formulating an effective and personalized treatment plan with the highest quality care available.
What sets Gotham Footcare apart from other podiatry offices is our dedication to providing you with the education you need to make well-informed decisions regarding your care. Regardless of what your foot and ankle trouble may be, at Gotham Footcare our team will work tirelessly to help you feel better. At Gotham Footcare, we help you put your best foot forward.