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What is Turf Toe?

Monday, 06 July 2020 00:00

Turf toe, as the name suggests, is a sprain of the big toe joint that is especially common among athletes who play on artificial turf. This type of sprain often occurs during sporting activities such as football, soccer, gymnastics, and basketball. This injury is typically the result from jamming the toe or due to repeated injury when initially pushing off to begin jumping or running. The constant upward bending of the big toe joint can lead to a sprain. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, and limited joint movement that gradually worsens due to a repetitive action. To confirm that the toe is not broken, an X-Ray will need to be taken. If you believe you are suffering from turf toe, it is highly recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist who will be able to diagnose and treat this condition.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Derek T. Pantiel of Summit Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Burgaw, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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