Turf toe is a common foot problem in athletes such as runners, football or soccer players. It is more common among athletes who compete or train on artificial turf, which is where it gets it's name. The pain develops in the base of the toe at the ball of the foot. The cause of turf toe is usually due to cramming the toe into the foot from jumping too hard or constant pressure from running on the hard surface. Shoes or athletic footwear may also be to blame.

Treatments can include inflammatory injections, icing, and rest. If you have pain at the base of the toe that isn't going away, you should be seen by a doctor to have it looked at. Getting treated as soon as you notive a problem is the best way to prevent further damage.

Brad Schaeffer, D.P.M.
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