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Turf Toe Treatment in New Jersey

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.

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. This is because the big toe acts provides leverage when you walk, and can prove detrimental once it no longer functions properly. With this said, here are some benefits associated with turf toe treatment:

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

The RICE protocol is effective for most sports-related injuries when they first occur. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.


Custom-molded orthotics is an essential part of the care for foot and ankle problems. Many of these problems are caused by poor foot position or alignment and can be dramatically improved with the use of custom orthotics. The purpose of orthotics is to hold the foot in a certain position while controlling the amount of motion the joints go through in a normal walk. Every foot has a unique arch and foot type. The making of orthotics is a blend of art and technology.

  • To be precise, our doctors perform a complete foot and ankle exam and a gait analysis. They will then determine the proper type of orthotic for you, based on your foot type, pathology, activity level and shoe type.
  • Our doctors make orthotics for professional and college athletes in many different sports. Although athletes account for a large part of our practice, we offer orthotics for everyone, from small children to weekend warriors and the elderly.

Surgery is not often necessary for treating turf toe. However, if your symptoms persist or your level of athletic play is affected, surgery may be an option.

Our expertise in sports Medicine has given us the privilege and honor of serving as the team Podiatrists for the New York Jets Professional Football team.

With our experience and training in sports medicine, we have the ability to make a rapid and accurate diagnosis and then offer a full spectrum of the latest and most effective treatment options, including non-surgical and surgical approaches.

We know how and when to incorporate rehabilitation, orthotics, shoes, and surgery into the treatment regimen. We understand when an athlete has the ability to return to their sport.

Advanced pain management
Our doctors use advanced pain management techniques to minimize post-operative discomfort. On a scale of ten, most of our patients report a pain level of 2 or less following surgery.

Personalized treatment plan
We treat our patients “as if they were family” and you will receive your surgeon’s full attention before, during and after your procedure. We can even arrange for a patient who has had a similar procedure to share information with you in advance, to give you a well-rounded view of what you might expect during your own procedure and recovery.