Tennis players and fans alike are anticipating the arrival of the New Haven Open at Yale. Held August 16-17th at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven, CT, the event promises to be exciting. Five of the world’s top ten players enjoyed the tournament last year.
Amidst the festivities surround this popular tournament, the players will be focused and ready to prove they belong at the top. They will have been preparing for this and part of that preparation is being aware of the potential dangers that come with the game of tennis. A common injury that players are at risk for is turf toe.
Turf toe happens when the toe joint is hyper-extended, meaning it is bent beyond its normal range of motion. Ligaments in the toe can be stretched and damaged. The injury can be mild with a slight sprain or severe in which ligaments are completely torn or there is a dislocation. A player can make a sharp turn while chasing a ball or land wrong after a powerful serve and cause this type of injury.
For a player, this type of injury can be critical and can determine if they will be able to finish a match. Pain and swelling follow suit fairly quickly and the toe will be very tender when trying to bend it upwards or down. Initial treatment requires immediate rest and icing. An X-ray may be required to check for fracture and it may take several days before weight bearing on the foot is allowed.
All of us watching this tournament will be hoping that no one falls prey to an injury like this. If you are involved with any sport and are suffering from a toe or foot injury, please contact Family Foot Care & Surgery for help. Foot specialist, Dr. Sanjay Patel can get you back to your sport free of pain. Make an appointment today by calling our podiatric office in Milford, CT (203) 876-7736 or Hamden, CT (203) 288-4055