Turf toe is an injury to the big toe sustained by kicking the ground, catching or stubbing the toe. As a result the soft tissues are damaged to varying degrees, causing local sensitivity that can be sufficient to require a period away from playing.
When the big toe is stubbed or pushed beyond it’s normal limits, the soft tissue can be disrupted triggering a local healing process. The chemicals released by the damaged tissues excite the nerves that then send ‘danger’ signals to the spinal cord and brain. The brain analyses these signals and decides whether the toe should hurt or not depending on what is going on at the time — we’ve all heard stories of players continuing despite injury, unaware of the damage because it does not hurt at the time.
The early sensitivity is part of the healing process and is completely normal despite the unpleasantness. There maybe swelling and bruising that develops quickly or in some cases more gradually. If you are unsure of the extent of the injury, you should always seek a medical opinion so that you have peace of mind and know how you should be managing the injury for the best outcome. Local treatment will also be beneficial to help the recovery process.
Once the early sensitivity eases, movement will gradually increase and walking become easier. From this point the exercising can be progressively increased to promote normal healing, strong tissue development and confidence in movement: running, change of direction and kicking. You should take guidance on how to rehabilitate the injury.
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