Turf toe is a common condition that occurs when the ligament around the big toe joint is sprained due to hyperextension of the toe. It is most commonly seen in athletes who play on artificial turf surfaces, hence the name “turf toe.” The condition can also occur in non-athletes who hyperextend their toe, such as when stepping off a curb or accidentally stubbing their toe.
The symptoms of turf toe include swelling, pain, and tenderness in the affected area, especially with weight-bearing activities. In severe cases, if left untreated, it can lead to arthritis in the toe joint and limited range of motion in the joint. Treatment for turf toe typically begins with conservative measures such as rest, ice therapy, compression, and physical therapy to regain motion.
Orthotics and shoe modifications may also be recommended to help prevent re-injury. In more severe cases, advanced imaging such as an MRI may be needed to assess the extent of the damage to the ligament. In rare cases where the ligament is completely torn, surgical intervention may be necessary to repair the ligament and restore normal function to the joint.
At Carrollton Foot Center, Dr. Khavari is a skilled podiatrist who is experienced in diagnosing and treating turf toe. She will perform a thorough examination and review any relevant imaging studies to determine the best course of treatment for each individual patient. Her conservative approach prioritizes non-surgical options whenever possible, but she is also well-versed in surgical techniques when necessary.
If you are experiencing symptoms of turf toe or have suffered a toe injury, it is important to seek prompt medical attention to prevent further damage and long-term complications. At Carrollton Foot Center, Dr. Khavari and her team are dedicated to providing personalized and effective treatment to get you back to your active lifestyle as soon as possible.