Turf Toe

Treatment and Information


Turf toe is a sprain of the big toe joint caused by an injury sustained when participating in athletics. Excessive upward bending of the big toe joint is the most common cause of injury.

The issue can be caused by jamming the toe or by repetitive injury from continually pushing off while running or jumping. Although football players are the most typically affected, athletes in soccer, basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, and dance are also at risk.

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Turf Toe


Turf toe gets its name from the fact that it’s a common injury among athletes who play on artificial turf. When playing sports on artificial grass, the foot might become stuck on the hard surface, causing the big toe joint to become jammed. Some evidence suggests that wearing less-supportive flexible shoes on artificial turf is also to blame.

Turf toe can cause pain, edema, and reduced joint movement, among other things.

When turf toe is caused by repetitive acts that result in damage, the signs and symptoms normally appear gradually and can worsen over time. Turf toe can also be caused by a direct injury to the bone underlying the cartilage, resulting in cartilage damage. If the cause is a direct injury, the signs and symptoms may appear rapidly and worsen over the course of 24 hours.

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