Turf Toe Woes

Joint inflammation can be painful

(HealthDay) -- You can suffer lots of injuries participating in sports. One painful problem is turf toe, or pain in the joint where the big toe attaches to the foot.

The Northern Nevada Medical Center says the condition occurs by jamming your toe into a hard surface or excessive jumping on a hard surface. If you have trouble straightening or bending your big toe, feel pain in the joint or see swelling, you may have turf toe. Your doctor may order X-rays to rule out a break and tests to rule out gout.

If you have turf toe, treatment includes: ice, elevating your foot on a pillow and taking anti-inflammatory drugs. You also may be told to tape the toe to restrict movement and give it a chance to heal. Recovery time varies from person to person.

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