Turf Toe is often misunderstood and is much more serious than an infected toe nail.
The big toe has a ligament that helps with up and down movement with flexion and extension. It acquired it’s name from artificial turf in the 1970’s when injuries would occur from planting, pivoting and pushing off with the great toe.
Symptoms are pain swelling and limited movement. Skill positions such as running backs and quarterbacks are effected the most.
The injury is treated with rest, sometimes an immobilizing walking boot, and occasionally a plate that is inserted into the shoe to prevent up and down movement.
Surgery is rare but this can be a lingering injury that can last up to 6-8 weeks.
|Player Impact||Greater impact on skill positions|
|Treatment||Rest and immobilization|
|Recovery||6 – 8 weeks|