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What is Turf Toe?


Turf toe is a condition that occurs when the big toe is sprained or strained, typically as a result of a sudden or excessive force. It is commonly seen in athletes, particularly those who play on artificial turf, but it can also occur in non-athletes.

Turf toe is caused by the big toe being forced into an upward or downward position, which can stretch or tear the ligaments that hold the toe joint in place. This can cause pain and swelling in the toe, as well as difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time.

Treatment for turf toe typically includes rest, ice, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation and pain. The patient may need to wear a protective boot or use crutches to help protect the toe while it heals. In some cases, the patient may need physical therapy to help restore mobility and strength to the toe. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damaged ligaments.

It is important to see a healthcare provider, such as a podiatrist or an orthopedic specialist, for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment of turf toe.

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