Posts for tag: Turf Toe

By New England Foot & Ankle Specialists
July 20, 2016
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: Turf Toe  

After an impromptu football game at a family barbecue you notice that your big toe is a little sore. By the next day, the pain is intense. There is quite a bit of swelling at the base of the toe and it is difficult to bend it. If these symptoms sound familiar, you may be suffering from a condition we see regularly at New England Foot & Ankle Specialists known as turf toe.

Turf toe is actually a sprain of the big toe joint and it occurs as a result of hyperextension of the big toe. This can happen gradually over time if you participate in an activity that requires repetitive pushing off with your toe. Football, soccer, wrestling and gymnastics are the sports with the highest risk for this condition. Turf toe can also be the result of an acute injury, such as one really big push. Turf toe gets its name from the fact that on artificial turf surfaces your feet (and toes) are more likely to stick or jam on the turf when coming to a sudden stop.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Our podiatrists: Dr. George A. Abboud, Dr. Brian D. Tedesco, Dr. Carl Conui, or Dr. Kimberly Thurmond, will need to examine your toe and also obtain a complete medical history. The foot doctor will most likely also order x-rays to be sure that you do not have a fracture. Other imaging studies that allow the foot doctor to more clearly view soft tissue may also be done to confirm the diagnosis.

Initially, the foot doctor will probably recommend that you follow the RICE regimen: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and pain. Modifications to footwear may help prevent a recurrence of turf toe.

If your big toe is causing you pain, make an appointment at either our Reading office. Continuing normal activity with turf toe will result in the condition worsening and possibly more invasive treatment to correct it.

Six year old Hadi Abukhadra was not always able to walk. Born with a congenital foot deformity known as Arthrosyposis, Abukadra’s feet faced upwards and his knees bent backwards, preventing mobility. To make matters worse, there was no medical relief in the child’s immediate area. But with the help of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, Abukhadra was able to travel several thousand miles to receive care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in California.

 “The first thing he said when they took off the cast was, ‘Thank God,’ and ‘thank you,’ and gave Dr. Rinsky a big hug, and he showed up in a suit wearing a plastic stethoscope because he wants to be Dr. Rinsky” medical coordinator Nuha Shuman said. To ensure that he continues to improve, Abukhadra recieves physical therapy.

Physical therapy is sometimes necessary from foot and ankle conditions. If you are struggling with any foot or ankle injuries or conditions, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy is an important treatment option that focuses on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process.  It is a proven method that has helped millions of people rehabilitate injuries.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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