Turf Toe – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Heier is a board certified foot and ankle surgeon in Carrollton, TX. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of foot disorders, including Plantar Fasciitis, Turf Toe, Heel Spur, Cavus Foot etc.  

Turf Toe

The metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint in the toe is where the first long bone of the foot (metatarsal) meets the phalanx or toe bone. Excessive stretching or tearing of the ligaments in the MTP joint is termed as Turf Toe. The condition is often seen in football players who play on artificial turf. However, participation in other sports activities may also lead to Turf Toe.

Causes Of Turf Toe

  • Hyperextension of the big toe
  • Bending the foot far too forward
  • Instability of the forefoot due to flexible shoes
  • Repeated strain on the big toe during activities such as running and jumping
  • Wearing shoes that do not provide proper support

Symptoms Of Turf Toe

  • Pain and inflammation in the big toe and ball of the foot
  • A popping sound can be heard at the time of injury
  • Inability to smoothly move the joint in the big toe
  • Failure to lift the big toe
  • Tenderness and bruising
  • Difficulty bearing weight

Diagnosis Of Turf Toe

  • The orthopedic doctor may conduct a thorough physical examination of the foot and ask the patient about any previous foot problems
  • The injured foot may be compared to the other one to check the extent of injury
  • The pattern and location of inflammation may be observed by the doctor
  • Imaging tests such as X-Ray, CT scan or MRI scan may be conducted to rule out the possibility of a fracture

Treatment For Turf Toe

Non-surgical treatment

  • Resting the foot may be advised by the orthopedic doctor till the pain subsides completely
  • Application of ice packs may prove to be beneficial in reducing pain and inflammation
  • Compressing the toe in a bandage can also provide some relief
  • Orthotics may be used to prevent the toe from hyper-extending
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication may also be recommended by the doctor to reduce pain
  • Using a cast to immobilize the foot
  • The patient may be advised to use crutches so that no weight is placed on the injured foot

Surgical treatment

Surgical intervention may be required if the ligament is completely torn. The procedure involves repairing the soft tissues and restoring the normal mobility of the MTP joint.

For diagnosis and treatment of Turf Toe, visit Dr. Heier. To schedule an appointment with the specialist in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.