Turf Toe Condition

Turf Toe is a traumatic hyperextension of the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint. This traumatic hyperextension tears the plantar joint capsule. This injury usually occurs in athletes wearing flexible shoes. It is common in football, rugby, soccer and baseball when sliding into a base. Turf toe patients may have decreased range of motion of the great toe joint for up to one year following the injury. This type of injury may lead to a later hallux rigidus. Faulty foot biomechanics may place stress on the first metatarsal phalangeal joint. A custom molded orthotic to balance the mechanics and a carbon fiber foot plate to limit joint extension should speed recovery and make the patient more comfortable.