Essentially, turf toe is a sports injury that happens when the forefoot is planted in the ground, but your momentum keeps moving you forward. This results in a sprained big toe that can be rather painful and take some time to heal. This injury is commonly associated with sports like baseball and football. But turf toe can also be experienced by dancers (particularly when they put all of their weight on their forefoot).
The main joint affected with turf toe is the metatarsophalangeal joint, which is found at the base of the big toe (where it connects to the foot). This joint is formed by the metatarsal bone in the foot and the proximal phalanx bone of the toe. The respective bones are held in place by ligaments. When these ligaments are extended beyond their intended range of motion, it causes this painful injury.
If you feel you have sustained turf toe, or you simply would like additional information about it, contact our office and we will be glad to help. Call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County) and we can arrange a visit with any of our Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Tavares, or Orlando offices. You can also request your appointment online for any of our locations.