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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
February 15, 2017
Category: Toe Pain
Tags: Big Toe Pain   turf toe   sprained toe  

Surely one of the most memorable plays of Super Bowl LXI was Julio Jones’ fantastic catch in the fourth quarter. Did you know, however, that the Atlanta Falcon player was suffering from an injury that you may have too? At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we see cases of turf toe in both casual athletes and avid professionals. Turf toe is a sprain of the big toe. How do you know if you have it? Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Do I have pain at the base of my big toe? This is the primary symptom of turf toe, accompanied by swelling and difficulty bending the toe. If you had a sudden injury to your toe and these symptoms quickly developed there’s a good chance that you sprained your toe. However, turf toe can also be the result of repeated pressure and upward bending of the toe. Symptoms then may come on slowly and gradually get worse.

What sports do I play most often? Turf toe tends to be more common in athletes who play football, soccer or basketball. Gymnasts, wrestlers and dancers also have an increased risk of turf toe.

Do I frequently play on artificial turf? Turf toe got its name because athletes who play on artificial turf have a much higher incidence of this injury. Why? The artificial turf is hard and doesn’t give like natural grass. In many instances players come to a quick stop and their toe sticks to the turf while the rest of the body forces forward. This sprains the toe.  Also, players on artificial turf tend to wear very flexible footwear which can also increase the risk of a toe sprain.

If you believe that you may have turf toe make an appointment at our Washington office by calling:  (724) 225-7410. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will examine your toe and use x-rays or other advanced imaging studies to rule out a fracture and confirm a diagnosis of turf toe. In most cases, following the RICE regimen: rest, ice, compression and elevation, will allow the toe to mend

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