Understanding the Severity of Turf Toe
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Understanding the Severity of Turf Toe

Turf toe is an injury that is common in athletes who play sports, such as baseball, football, or soccer, on artificial turf. Turf toe happens when an extreme force causes the big toe to be hyperextended (or bent) too far towards the top of the foot. This usually results in the base of the big toe tending to become bruised. Turf toe is very painful, and overtime, the toe that is affected will stiffen and be more prone to developing arthritis. Because the big toe joint has limited mobility, developing turf toe again is a possibility, and not allowing the injury enough time to heal can cause the injury to become chronic. Because turf toe can be such a debilitating injury, athletes or patients who believe that they have developed it should consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.  

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. Rick L. Simon from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lansdale, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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