There are several ways to treat a turf toe injury. Turf toe is a sprain in the ligaments that support the first joint of your big toe—the place where the toe bone meets the metatarsal. The injury needs to be treated immediately to prevent long-term pain and weakness. Ice the toe when the problem first develops. This helps combat swelling and inflammation. Wrapping your foot in a compression bandage and keeping it elevated can decrease swelling as well. You’ll need to take a break from all activities that put pressure on the big toe, particularly hard-impact sports. Wear a stiff-soled shoe or brace for a time to keep the digit stable, too.
Severe turf toe may require a cast and no weight-bearing for a time, so the tissues stay still and un-stressed as they recover. If conservative measures are not helping your foot, you may need surgery to repair torn tissues. Let Dr. Sanjay Patel and our Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. staff help your toes heal. Use the website or call one of our two Connecticut locations to make an appointment: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.