The name “turf toe” came about as athletes in different sports who played on artificial turf were prone to injuring their big toe joint. This injury occurs when the big toe becomes sprained from running, jumping, landing, quick turns or being jammed into the ground. Athletes involved in football, soccer, basketball, baseball and gymnastics are particularly at risk for this toe problem.
While it involves a small toe in relation to the rest of the body, it can cause significant pain and sideline a player indefinitely while it heals. When the ligaments of the toe are hyper-extended, it is common to experience pain, swelling, bruising and limited mobility. Symptoms can be similar despite varying degrees of severity, which makes it important to have toe pain looked at to understand the extent of the injury and receive the right treatment. Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Danciger if toe pain has you hobbling after a game or has sidelined you permanently. The right treatment will help avoid further injury. Call our office today at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment.