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How Serious Is Turf Toe?

Tuesday, 06 July 2021 00:00

Turf toe is an injury that can frequently affect athletes who play football, baseball, or soccer as a result of playing on artificial turf. The injury occurs from the big toe bending (or hyperextending) too far backwards towards the top of the foot. Turf toe is usually caused by an extreme force, and the base of the big toe tends to bruise. While turf toe is very painful, over time, the toe will stiffen and become more prone to arthritis. Because the joint has limited mobility, reinjury is a possibility, and the injury can become chronic if it is not given the chance to heal properly. Turf toe can be debilitating for an athlete, and patients who believe that they have turf toe should consult with a podiatrist to make sure that the injury heals properly.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with John Killough, DPM from Regional Foot Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Charleston and Effingham, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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