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By Clark Podiatry Center
September 11, 2019
Category: toe injuries
Tags: turf toe   Fall sports   bunion   orthotic   podiatrist   athlete   pain  

With school starting, our children will be competing in a variety of fall sports. One issue that will unfortunately pop up will be something called turf toe. What is turf toe? Turf toe is when the main joint of the big toe is sprained. While a relatively recent injury, it usually occurs when an athlete plants their foot on artificial turf and overextends his big toe. Because turf increases traction, the surface is less forgiving than regular grass. Many schools have substituted artificial turf to increase athlete speed and save on maintenance costs.

Symptoms of turf toe include:

  • Inflammation – area around the big toe will swell
  • Bruising – big toe will be bruised
  • Pain – Turf toe is painful as it is a strain of the joint and can include damage to cartilage
  • Inability to bend toe forward – over extended toe losses some of its strength
  • Loose toe joint – destabilizes foot

Your podiatrist will use an X-ray and MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan to identify the extent of the injury. Turf toe is categorized by Grades – Grade 1 – Strain of the big toe joint, Grade 2 – partial tear of the area around the joint and Grade 3 – a complete tear of the toe joint. Each grade has to be treated differently.

  • Grade 1 – requires RICE or Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The affected athlete can still participate in sports, but will probably have to wear a rigid orthotic.
  • Grade 2 - requires a boot or caste for up to a week. After, the foot will need to be taped for stability. Apply RICE.
  • Grade 3 – will require a boot or caste to be worn for several weeks with the toe bent downward.

When healed sufficiently, physical therapy will likely be recommended.

Surgery can be a treatment but is used for specific circumstances including:

  • Severe tear – must be stabilized to heal.
  • Instability of the big toe joint – same as above. Will severely impact walk if not attended to.
  • Bone chips – must be removed.
  • Damage to the cartilage – needs repair.
  • Development of a bunion – can be aggravated by turf toe.

Turf toe is usually treated successfully if acted on early enough.   

Do you have turf toe or any other questions regarding your feet, schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy. He can assess your feet to ensure that there are no issues making sure that you not only choose the right shoes, but also keep your feet healthy. Come see us at our Clark, New Jersey office today!

By Clark Podiatry Center
September 28, 2016
Category: proper foot care
Tags: Footwear   Fall sports  

For kids and adults alike, autumn weather signals another opportunity to engage in sports. The daytime provides the warmth for outdoor time, and in the evening, the cooler weather prevents folks from overheating as they train. Footwear choices are changing from flip-flops and sandals to walking shoes, flats, and boots. With all the changes (including the colors of the leaves), it gives an opportunity to get new shoes!

Children and Fall Sports

At this time of year, school or town leagues are in full swing. Soccer, football, cross-country, and tennis are in competition mode and children are trying to rack up points for their team. This is a good time to inspect equipment and especially footwear to make sure that your children are protected from possibly injury.

Footwear - Each sport usually has a specific type of footwear suited for the movements of the sport. Soccer and football usually require cleats to allow for traction on grassy fields. For those who are prone to ankle injury, there are some cleats with high tops to support the ankle. Cross-country and tennis will require supportive, cushiony sneakers for caring for the feet and ankles during impact and lateral movements. The wrong shoes can leave your child at higher risk for injury or even with an accident that takes them out of the sport for the season.

Equipment – Some sports have protective equipment as part of their uniforms. Football players have shoulder pads and helmets and some other sports have shin guards for impact situations. Inspect equipment to make sure that they are in shape to protect against those impacts that could lead to broken or fractured bones.

Adults and Fall Sports

There are also many adult leagues outside of the professional groups like the NFL and MLS. For recreational sports, adults should also make sure that you have protective gear and footwear. In addition to the common fall sports, hiking and marathons are also popular fall activities. As adults, we are not less at risk for injury, so make sure to wear any protective gear. We at Clark Podiatry Center want to encourage you to train with supportive and properly cushioned sneakers for running. Hikers should use boots that are “broken-in” before the first hike and make sure to stretch and warm up feet, ankles, and legs.

For those who have injuries or foot/ankle issue, but want to participate in fall sports, we recommend that you make an appointment to see Dr. Brandon Macy before you engage in anything that might worsen your problems. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Macy, serves the Clark, NJ area, as well as the town of Westfield and surrounding Union County to keep you walking.



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