In a game between Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees, Yankee player Bryan Mitchell suffered a grade 3 Turf toe while running to cover his base. The injury is said to be very serious and requires surgery that will take him three months to recover.
Turf toe is a term used to describe the sprain of the ligaments around the big toe. This usually occurs when a toe is jammed forcefully while doing an activity like running or jumping. Consult a podiatrist for any type of foot injury. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with chronic foot pain and other types of foot conditions.
How to prevent Turf toe?
- Pencil pick-up - use your toe to pick up the pencil on the floor while you are sitting
- Toe walking - you have to do this exercise slowly at first. You have to stand on your tiptoes and walk
- Wear shoes that provide protection most especially in the toe box
- You need to wear cleats instead of tennis shoes
It is very important to wear shoes that offer protection. This can avoid and prevent turf toe and other foot injuries. It is also important to try various stretching exercises to help strengthen your toes.
Signs and Symptoms of Turf toe
Not everyone will experience these symptoms but everyone keeps complaining about pain. Pain and other symptoms are mild at first but it will gradually get worse.
- The base of your big toe is in pain
- Your big toe is bruising
- Your toe is swelling
- Reduced mobility
- You can hear a snapping or popping sound at the time of injury
- Your toe movements are very limited
The following are ways on how to treat a Turf toe
Turf toe can cause long-term problems even with proper treatment and medication. Turf toe can also lead to hyper flexion injuries. The pain will eventually disappear after two to three weeks.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs - using over the counter medications like Ibuprofen will help to lessen the pain
- Rest - if you are in a healing process, it is important to avoid putting extra weights and pressure on your injured foot
- Ice - use ice packs or an ice massage every hour that will take 15 to 20 minutes just to lessen the pain and the swelling
- Compression - your toes should be taped with the use of elastic bandages and tapes to prevent your toes from moving
- Elevation - raise your injured foot above your heart level using pillows and cushions
At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people suffering from chronic foot problems. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.