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Symptoms of Turf Toe

Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Turf toe, a common injury among athletes, occurs when the ligaments surrounding the big toe joint are sprained due to forceful pushing during activities like running or jumping. Turf toe injuries typically happen during sports practice, and are common in football and soccer. An early sign of turf toe is foot pain, which often intensifies with movement. This discomfort may lead to limping or difficulty in walking, occasionally rendering you immobile for a brief period. Sometimes a popping sound in the joint may indicate turf toe. Severe cases may necessitate immobilization or even surgery. It is extremely important not to ignore symptoms of turf toe, as early intervention can accelerate recovery and prevent long-term complications. If you are experiencing persistent pain or limited mobility in your big toe joint, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis. This medically trained foot doctor can perform imaging tests, a physical examination, and develop a treatment plan to address your specific needs. 

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact William Urton, DPM of British Columbia. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Langley, BC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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