How to treat a vulnerable big toe?

How to treat a vulnerable big toe?

Toe injuries are always a problematic issue through years. It affects us a lot, if it's a severe case, it will take many days to recover. So with this blog today, we want to bring up knowledge about Turf Toe, let's get started!

What is Big Toe?

The Big Toe (Hallux) is the most significant toe of your foot, it receives mostly & also creates pressure for your foot to move. Big Toe Injuries vary in forms such as Big Toe fractures, Turf Toe, Traumatic Bunion, Hallux Valgus, Sesamoid fractures, Arthritis big toe... 

What is Turf Toe injury?

In this blog, we only talk about Turf Toe. Turf Toe is the common term used to describe a sprain of the ligaments around the big toe joint. It’s a condition caused by jamming the big toe or repeatedly pushing off the big toe forcefully as in running and jumping. These injuries can vary in severity — from stretching the soft tissue to partial tearing, and even total dislocation of the MTP joint.

What causes Turf Toe?

When walking or running, you start step by raising your heel and letting your body weight come forward. If the toe stays flat on the ground, you might suddenly injure the joint area. It also happens when you accidentally hit your big toe or drop a heavy object onto it, causing hyperextension of the toe. 

Turf Toe Symptoms 

Turf Toe might have some of these symptoms:

  • Pain on your foot, soreness to the touch
  • Swollen big toe
  • Unable to bend your big toe 
  • A loose toe joint that dislocates
  • Inability to put weight on your toe

Turf Toe Treatment

Turf Toe can be treated in Non-Surgical or Surgical way. It divides into 3 grades depending on how severe the case is.

Non-Surgical

  • Grade 1: Apply First-Aid RICE (Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation) Method. Rest from activities, avoid walking; Use an ice pack for 20 minutes at least three times a day; Gently wear the bandage for the big toe; Elevate your leg higher than your heart.
  • Grade 2: To keep the MTP joint immobilized, the doctor may prescribe a walking boot to wear for up to a week. Afterward, these injuries are managed with Grade 1 treatments. 
  • Grade 3: These are most often treated with immobilization for several weeks. You may wear a walking boot or be put in a cast that keeps the big toe in a partially pointed down position. As the injury heals, treatment will progress to Grade 2 and Grade 1. 

    Surgical

    Surgery for turf toe is often not necessary for treating turf toe. However, if your symptoms persist, surgery may be an option. Doctors most often recommend surgery for larger Grade 3 injuries.

    Sum Up

    In conclusion, Turf Toe might not be critical but it will become serious if you don't take any action against it. To avoid Turf Toe, pick a Wide Toe Box, Soft & Feet Support Trusty Footwear! Stay healthy & flexible every day!

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