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Turf Toe – What You Need to Know

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Dancing can be an enjoyable time, but those who dance often or professionally sometimes sustain injuries, as is the case with anyone performing physical activity. Turf toe is commonly associated with ball sports like football and soccer, but this is an injury dancers sometimes experience as well. Whether you are a fan of the San Francisco 49’ers or Dancing with the Stars, it can be tough hearing that a favorite competitor has this injury. Many people, though, do not understand what the condition actually entails.

Essentially, this particular injury is a sprained big toe. It typically happens when the big toe extends upwards beyond its intended range of motion. This sprains the supporting ligaments in the joint located at the base of the toe – the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ). If you think about ballerinas spending time on their tiptoes, perhaps it is easy to understand how this injury can be relatively commonplace in the world of dancing.

For ball sport athletes, turf toe often happens when the big toe is planted on the ground and “sticks” in place while the rest of the foot moves forward with tremendous force. The primary symptoms may not appear immediately but involve a gradual onset of swelling, pain, and restricted movement in the MTPJ.

There are different grades of severity, with a Grade 1 being mild and Grade 3 constituting the most severe form. For less severe injuries, conservative treatments—including rest, ice, compression, and elevation—are often quite effective.

With a sprained toe, it’s important to keep in mind that early treatment often leads to successful recovery, so make your appointment with McDowell Podiatry Group today. We will assess the extent of your injury and then create a plan to restore your toe back to health in the shortest amount of time possible. Contact our Carmichael, CA office today online or give us a call at (916) 961-3434.

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