The Brandon 5K run is an annual event in which many athletes participate. In between those times, those runners might play sports on synthetic grass, or turf. The Gentle Foot Care Clinic, which has offices both in Brandon Florida and Zephyrhills Florida, gets periodic visits by these athletes for a condition called Turf Toe. Dr. Rajnish Manohar, an expert podiatrist, wants you to have the information you need to be treated for this painful condition and catch it before it becomes serious enough for surgery.
What is Turf Toe?
Turf toe is a metatarsophalangeal joint sprain of the big toe joint resulting from injury from sports activities. The injury usually arises from extreme upward bending of the big toe joint. The condition can be caused from either jamming the toe, or repetitive injury when pushing off consistently when running or jumping. Although this injury is most frequently reported in football players, these are other sports that are all in a high risk category.
Other sports that are high risk for Turf Toe include:
What Causes Turf Toe?
The name “turf toe” comes from that this injury is specifically typical among athletes who play on synthetic grass, which is sometimes a material called astroturf. When playing sports on synthetic grass, the foot can stick to the difficult surface area and can result in jamming the big toe joint. There has actually also been some indicator that shoes that are extremely flexible can increase the risk of Turf Toe when playing on artificial turf.
Getting a Diagnosis for Turf Toe
To reach a medical diagnosis, Dr. Manohar will certainly ask you for your medical history and examine your foot. X-rays are usually ordered to eliminate the possibility of broken bones. Other advanced imaging tests, such as an MRI, might also assist in a proper diagnosis.
What are the Symptoms of Turf Toe?
The signs and symptoms of turf toe can consist of pain, swelling, and limited joint movement.
If turf toe is caused by recurring actions that cause injury, the signs and symptoms will generally begin slowly and can slowly increase. Turf toe can likewise be caused by a direct injury leading to damage of the bone beneath the cartilage. If direct injury is the cause, the signs and symptoms might begin suddenly and become worse over a 24-hour period.
How can I Treat Turf Toe?
Initial treatments include protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. (PRICE), along with a transition to shoes that are more sturdy. For serious cases with prolonged pain, surgery may be recommended. Dr. Manohar will be sure to refer you to a podiatric surgeon in these extreme cases.
If you are an athlete that plays sports on synthetic grass, you are at risk for the Turf Toe condition. If you have pain in that area, please contact Dr. Rajnish Manohar at his Brandon office (813) 502-5904 or in Zephyrhills (813) 782-3233. Alternately, you can submit a request by clicking the button below to schedule an appointment.
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Dr. Manohar has been in private practice as a Podiatrist in Zephyrhills since 2001, treating Foot and Ankle Pain including Diabetic Foot Pain and Neuropathy, as well as, providing routine Diabetic Foot Care.
Dr. Manohar is board certified by the American Board of medical specialties in Podiatric Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Manohar resides in Temple Terrace, Florida.
Dr. Manohar specializes in treating foot and ankle pain, Plantar Fasciitis and Heel spurs, Neuromas, Peripheral Neuropathy, Ingrown toenails, Non healing wounds, corns, calluses, Warts, Cysts, Toenail fungus.