Turf Toe: Not Just a Football Injury
For good reason, there are many advocates of eating well and being physically active. These are the pillars of a healthy lifestyle. Eating well and receiving the optimal nutrients is the safer of the two since you are not likely to get hurt consuming veggies and whole grains. Working out and staying active, on the other hand, do pose the risk of getting hurt or injured, like when you experience turf toe during a game of basketball on your lunch hour or in a weekend rec soccer game.
Understanding Turf Toe
The term is probably quite familiar to football fans, as this is a common condition in the sport, but this injury can happen to athletes in a variety of other sports as well. There is a risk of developing this ailment in any activity where your big toe can hyperextend itself by bending too far back. Soccer shoes are often quite flexible and can enable this situation to happen, especially for outdoor models that have cleats that can become stuck in the turf. Ballerinas are also at risk for this injury, due to the demanding nature of this artistic sport on the dancers’ feet and toes.
Each of your feet and its toes has 107 ligaments to enable movement. When you hyperextend your big toe, you are straining the ligaments around the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. The MTP joint is the hinge that allows the up and down motion necessary for your stepping motion, particularly when you push off the ground.