Turf Toe

Turf toe is a little different than the more common black nail or corns and calluses. It is so named as the damage is usually caused by playing sport on a hard surface such as turf.

Cause of turf toe

Pushing off in running when training constantly, or in contact sports, the toes are forced into the ground.

Symptoms of turf toe

There is pain in the base of the toe, (usually it is the big toe that is affected although it can happen to other toes). There can also be swelling and stiffness. What happens is that the capsule that surrounds the joint at the base of the toe becomes inflamed.

Treatment of turf toe

Medical advice is needed in the begriming to diagnose the condition. The inflammation needs to be treated with an anti-inflammatory. Sport should be stopped for at least 3-8 weeks, and the toe should be rested as much as possible, preferably elevated. It is important to make sure you heal the toe as it can become a worse condition known as Hallux Rigidus, where the cartilage wears out within the joint.

Prevention of turf toe

Shoes are important and stiffer shoes are better as they offer more support for the toes.We all like our old worn out trainers but to prevent recurrence of turf toe, to invest in some new shoes would help. Inserts can be placed in the toe area also to protect the toe.