Turf Toe

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While the term “turf toe” might seem like something only a football player would get, it can be the result of a wide range of activities, including dance, gymnastics, soccer, or basketball. It’s even possible to have this injury if you don’t play a sport, especially if you like to run as exercise. At SOFLLEX, we provide expert treatment so you can get back to the field, court, or dance floor as soon as possible.

What is Turf Toe?

Turf toe is characterized by a sprain of your ligaments around the big toe joint. When you run or jump, you push off your big toe so you can transfer your weight to the other foot. If that toe is bent at a 90-degree angle, it is hyperextended and can cause stretching or tearing of tendons and soft tissues.

Turf toe is categorized into three grades. Grade one is simply when soft tissue is stretched, grade 2 is a partial tear, and grade 3 is a nearly complete tear.

There are two different ways you can get turf toe:


In some cases, pain and discomfort from turf toe will start slow and get worse over time. If you continue the repetitive motions that caused the injury in the first place, it can become very painful.


Often, turf toe can be brought on very suddenly from one forceful motion. In these cases, the pain will be felt instantaneously, and you may feel a pop.

Symptoms of Turf Toe

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Limited toe movement
  • Popping sensation
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness

Treatment for Turf Toe

If you have a grade one or two turf toe injury, at-home rest and stretching exercises will usually be all you need. For more severe tears, we might need to surgically repair the damage. All cases are unique, so we will go over your options with you after diagnosis.

Need Turf Toe Treatment in Palm Beach Gardens?

If you believe you have turf toe or have been experiencing pain or swelling, contact SOFFLEX today to make an appointment. We’re here to provide the best care in a comfortable environment.

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