Turf toe is the common term used to describe pain in the big toe joint. It commonly occurs following a sprain of the big toe joint or when playing a sport where you repeatedly push off the big toe such as sprinting on hard surfaces or scrummaging in rugby.
There will be swelling and pain around the joint of the big toe and stiffness and pain when moving the joint. This can become a degenerative condition so early and effective management is very important.
Treatment for Turf Toe
Physiotherapy treatment for patients with this condition is vital to hasten the healing process, ensure an optimal outcome and decrease the likelihood of injury recurrence. Treatment may comprise:
- Biomechanical Assessment
- Joint mobilisation
- Joint manipulation
- Deep tissue massage/myofascial release
- Orthotic/Insole advice
- Dry needling /acupuncture
- Activity modification advice
- Exercise programs to stretch, self treat and improve proprioception, balance and strength
- Brace/Splinting advice
- Ice or heat treatment
- Injection advice