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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 26, 2018
Tags: Footwear   Injury   Turf Toe   athletes   sprain  

Participating in spring sports can be a great way to get exercise and have fun with friends. Soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, track and so many other sports are all available to join and enjoy while the weather gets warmer. Sports are not only great for your heart; they can also be good for your feet. Stretching and exercise can keep feet primed and ready to go. Sadly, even the most seasoned athletes can be injured while on the field, no matter how much exercise and practice they have under their belts. One of the most common sports foot and ankle injuries that occur during sports season is called Turf Toe.

What Is Turf Toe?  

When you get pain in your toe from a sprain during sports activities, this is considered turf toe. This sprain usually happens due to the big toe bending upward rapidly and unexpectedly. The toe bends up so much that it stretches out the muscles, tendons and ligaments and causes the sprain. This injury can also occur when you jam your toe, run for a long time, or jump repeatedly. Any sports athlete can suffer from this injury, but it is most commonly reported in those who play football.


Turf toe gets its name because those who are afflicted with this condition usually get it while playing on a turf field. This is because turf tends to be sticky. When the foot catches and gets stuck, it is easy to come down and jam your toe on the turf, resulting in the injury. Another reason this injury can happen is due to poor choice in sports footwear. Cleats and sneakers that do not have the proper support can cause strain on the foot and cause this injury.


  • pain
  • swelling
  • limited joint movement

If turf toe is caused by the jamming of the toe, it is likely that the recipient of the injury will feel the injury right away. If the injury is from overuse, the symptoms will slowly start over time and gradually worsen.

Turf toe can be a very painful foot problem that can cause less mobility and more time off the field. In order to get back into the game, contact a podiatrist for the best course of treatment. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office line at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Turf toe can be healed with treatment from a podiatrist.

When you get pain in your toe from a sprain during sports activities, this is considered turf toe and it's due to the big toe bending upward rapidly and unexpectedly.

December 05, 2016
Tags: Running Injuries   orthotics   Turf Toe  

One common running injury often experienced when running is turf toe, also known as “an acute, traumatic bursitis of the first toe-metatarsal joint associated with tendonitis,” attributed to playing on artificial turf. Typically during normal running motions, an athlete would be able to dig his or her big toe into the ground to propel forward, but on artificial turf, the big toe is displaced during the digging motion. This imbalance results from an abnormal pronation, or inward rolling, of the foot. Understanding the risk of injury that results from playing on artificial turf is important toward prevention. Orthotics that aid in balancing the feet can also be considered to decrease the risk of injury.

Running injuries, even with proper precautions, can still occur in many runners. If you are suffering from a running injury, contact Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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