What Is Turf Toe?

Dr. Murali Moorthy explains turf toe and how to treat the injury to avoid further compensation injuries.

Turf toe occurs with the hyperextension of the great toe. This can occur when an athlete is pushing off of the toe as a force is directed in the opposite direction. The soft tissues on the bottom surface of the foot are injured and the push-off phase of walking or running can become very difficult to perform.

This can be treated with taping or inserts in the shoes to help decrease the stress being put on the toe during running. It is important that full range of motion and strength are returned so that movements can be done normally to avoid a compensation injury.

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