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Turf Toe Can Be a Painful Foot Condition

Turf toe is a specific type of injury that primarily affects the big toe. It is a sprain of the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP joint, which connects the big toe to the foot and can result in toe pain. The name turf toe is derived from its common occurrence in athletes who play on artificial turf surfaces, but it can affect anyone. This injury typically occurs when the toe is hyperextended, causing damage to the ligaments and tendons that support the MTP joint. Symptoms of turf toe include pain, swelling, and limited range of motion in the affected toe. In some cases, there may be bruising as well. Turf toe can be a painful and debilitating condition, and often requires medical attention from a podiatrist. If you have endured this type of injury, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of this type of doctor who can effectively diagnose and treat the cause of this toe pain.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of DeCaro Total Foot Care Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in West Hatfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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