As summer winds down, football season is ready to kick into high gear. Players at all levels—from pee wees in the Palm Beach County Youth Football League to the pros on the Dolphins—have been practicing, and preseason games have already started. As fans are eager for the regular seasons to begin, everyone hopes that their favorite players do not suffer from an injury such as turf toe, which happens when the big toe extends beyond its intended range of motion and becomes sprained. Don’t ignore this kind of injury—it’s time to head to the locker room for turf toe treatment.
Conservative care used to treat turf toe begins with rest, ice, and elevation for the affected foot. Rest is essential for giving the body an opportunity to heal itself, while the ice and elevation are useful for decreasing swelling and contributing to the healing processes. Additionally, activity modification helps ensure that further damage does not happen.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other medications can help to relieve the pain that often accompanies turf toe. As is always the case, be sure to check with our office for specific dosage recommendations before taking NSAIDs, because they can be hard on the stomach and might pose an adverse effect on healing for soft tissues.
When a case of turf toe has led to complete tearing of the big toe’s plantar soft tissues, then surgical repair may be required. Surgical treatment is necessary in this instance to clean out debris (like cartilage fragments) and/or repair any of the soft tissues (often the plantar plate or plantar capsule) of the big toe.
A Morton’s extension splint and taping the big toe are practices that can be used as the individual returns to sporting activities. This can help to protect the injured toe by limiting range of motion and providing stability.
If anyone in your family gets hurt while playing sports—or during any other activity—Palm Beach Podiatry is ready to help. We offer the best in pediatric and sports injury care, including sprained toe treatment, for residents of the Palm Beach Community. Contact any of our offices by calling (561) 734-3100 for our Boynton Beach location, (561) 791-7773 for our Loxahatchee location, or (772) 468-0089 for our Fort Pierce, FL location. You can also request an appointment today at any of our offices through our online form.