Turf Toe in New Jersey

If you are suffering from turf toe, a common athletic injury, let the Cedar Knolls, NJ-based experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons create your individualized treatment plan.

What is Turf Toe?

Although it originally got its name from football players who often play on artificial turf, turf toe is a common sports-related injury among athletes from a variety of sports, including basketball, gymnastics, soccer, and wrestling. Turf toe injuries affect the ligaments surrounding the joint of the big toe and occurs when one of these ligaments become sprained.

Turf Toe Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain at the joint of the big toe and metatarsal bone in the foot
  • Pain and tenderness will be felt when bending, or pulling the toe upwards

Although it sounds like a relatively mundane injury, the reality is that turf toe can have a big impact on an athlete’s performance, and may even take them out of the game altogether. The big toe provides leverage when you walk and it can be detrimental, once it no longer functions properly.

Benefits of Turf Toe Treatment

  • Reduced pain and swelling
  • Increased joint movement
  • The ability to play sports normally

How is Turf Toe Treatment Performed?

A podiatrist will examine your toe and the surrounding area. He or she will then give you the basic instructions to rest your toe, use ice and compression, and to keep it elevated. In order to control your pain and to keep the swelling down, the podiatrist may recommend a pain reliever you can get over-the-counter, such as ibuprofen.

Rest is important for any turf toe injury, and a podiatrist may suggest, beginning the process with taping the big toe to the second toe. This will help eliminate some of the stress. They may also suggest using either a walking boot to reduce the risk of further injury or the use of crutches, which will take the pressure off your toe while walking.

Preparing for Turf Toe Treatment

When preparing for turf toe treatment, the best thing you can do is avoid aggravating the situation through excessive walking or continuing to play sports. You will also want to minimize swelling and pain by applying ice and compression to the injury, as well as through the use of over the counter pain relievers.

Turf Toe Treatment Recovery

With a turf toe injury, the recovery time is typically two to three weeks. After you recover, a podiatrist may recommend going through physical therapy in order to regain full mobility.

A New Generation of Foot & Ankle Specialists

Our highly respected doctors serve as the team podiatrist for the New York Jets. They offer an unsurpassed ability to diagnose and treat sports-related foot and ankle conditions/injuries.

Dr. Mark Solomon serves as the team podiatrist for the New York Jets. Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson offer an unsurpassed ability to diagnose and treat sports-related foot and ankle conditions/injuries. In addition, Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons has been voted the top podiatrist in Morris County.

How Much Does Turf Toe Treatment Cost?

Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons accept Medicare and Atlantic Health System’s local health insurance.  We are considered an out-of-network provider with other insurance plans.

Some insurance plans include an out-of-network provision. If your insurance plan has this provision, it is likely to cover a portion of the eligible charges. As a courtesy, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will submit your claims on your behalf.

If you do not have medical insurance, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will review the various payment options we offer. We offer CareCredit® financing and accept major credit cards.

It is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to know and understand what services are covered under their individual insurance policy.

We take pride in making your experience as comfortable as possible. Contact us to schedule your initial appointment today!