A couple of weeks ago one of my buddies called me up and said that his big toe was swollen, red and hurting very badly. I asked him what he did and he told me that he injured his foot while playing in a pick-up game of backyard football a week ago. He told me he thought he had turf toe but was unaware of what the injury actually was. I had treated a hand full of patients with similar injuries and I told him that I would explain it to him.
Turf toe occurs when the ligament under the big toe is sprained causing extreme amounts of pain. The injury commonly occurs when you are running or kicking and your big toe extends back forcefully and excessively. This causes over stretching of the ligament and sometimes a fracture of the big toe bones. An x-ray is recommended to rule out any fractures of the big toe bones. Typical symptoms include touch tenderness, pain with pulling the toe up or out, swelling, redness and even feeling of heat. As a chiropractor I have diagnosed several individuals with such an injury and have successfully treated them. If there is not a fracture the injury responds well to ice, rest, adjustments and even taping of the area. If you would like to find out more, consult your local Chandler chiropractic clinic.