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Turf Toe in Professional Basketball player

Carlos Boozer professional Basketball player for the Chicago Bulls suffered an injury to his great toe last night during the game. "It. felt like a pop in my foot" is what Carlos mentioned during the injury. Below is the following link.


Turf toe is a common injury in professional and weekend athletes. Turf toe can occur after a very vigorous upward bending of the big toe. It got it's name due to the fact that it occurs frequently in people who play games on artificial surfaces. The shoe grips hard on the surface and sticks causing bodyweight to go forward and so bending the toe up. It is also common in martial arts. Y

Symptoms of turf toe include:

  • Swelling and pain at the great toe joint and metatarsal bone in the foot.
  • Pain and tenderness on bending the toe or pulling  it upwards.

What can the athlete do to treat turf toe?

  • Ice the injury immediately.
  • Apply a compression bandage.
  • Seek a sports medicine specialists or sports podiatrist.
  • Rest, which might include crutches to take the weight off the toe.
  • Use a protective cam walker boot or wooden shoe to take pressure of the joint.

What can a sports injury professional do?

  • X-rays to rule out a fracture.
  • Application of ultrasound.
  • Taping of the toe to prevent movement.
  • After 2 to 4 days the athlete may be able to weight bear again.
  • Advise on a rehabilitation and strengthening program

Recovery of this injury can take four to six weeks depending on how bad the sprain is. If the athlete does not look after this injury then it may develop into Hallux Limitus. This is a decreased range of motion due to arthritis around the joint. This can cause problems in the rest of the foot or lower limb due to changes to your walking cycle (gait).