If your big toe is giving you trouble, then you might just have turf toe.

Getting out onto the field and being in the throes of a game can be pretty exciting, but the next day aches and pains are certainly not as fun to deal with. If you have suddenly noticed that your big toe is in pain or causing issues then you may just want to talk to our Cherry Hill, NJ, and Ridley Park, Philadelphia, sports podiatrists Dr. Lee Cohen and Dr. Cory Hawley to determine whether or not you have turf toe.

What is turf toe?

If you sprain the ligaments in the big toe, then you could be facing turf toe. Turf toe occurs from a traumatic injury like jamming or stubbing your toe with enough force to sprain the ligaments surrounding it. It’s not uncommon for certain athletes like runners or football players to deal with this condition, but anyone can experience turf toe.

What can cause it?

Anytime the toe is hyperextended this can lead to turf toe. If this hyperextension occurs over and over again, this can lead to sprains and other damage to the ligaments surrounding the big toe. Our Cherry Hill, NJ, and Ridley Park, Philadelphia, foot doctors also find this condition more common in athletes who have to play on artificial surfaces. If you aren’t wearing the proper protective footwear, you may also get turf toe from playing on grass.

What are the symptoms of turf toe?

Even if turf toe is due to an injury, you may not notice symptoms right away. They often appear gradually and more minor at first but become more painful over time. Of course, you may also notice symptoms as soon as the blunt trauma occurs. After a turf toe injury, you may notice that you aren’t able to move the big toe as easily. You may have swelling, pain or tenderness near the toe or ball of your feet. You may even have trouble bearing weight on the ball of the foot.

What are your treatment options?

If you think you might have turf toe it’s a good idea to seek treatment right away. Through an evaluation and maybe even some imaging tests we will be able to determine if turf toe is the direct cause. In most cases, following the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) can help facilitate faster healing. You want to give your foot enough time to properly heal before returning to your normal physical activities. In some cases, we may even need to immobilize the joint until the toe has fully healed.

Whenever you are dealing with foot pain don’t hesitate to turn to Dr. Lee Cohen and Associates Cherry Hill, NJ, and Ridley Park, Philadelphia, for an array of podiatric treatments easily at your disposal. Call us to book an appointment today.