What can I do with/about turf toe?!

Question: What can I do with/about turf toe.?
Well, I have turf toe (I have no idea how though as I am a swimmer and don't remember any specific injury) and I want to keep swimming with it. I can handle the pain, but I just want to know if it's going to cause the injury to get worse and keep me out of swimming longer if I swim with it now. I'm taping it right now and just swimming like that. I have an MRI in two days and my dr. said we'd talk about swimming then, but I want to know if it will actually get worse if I swim not be told that I shouldn't swim just because it will hurt.

so, I guess me questions are:

1. They're classifying it as somewhere between moderate and severe turf toe, what does that mean.?
2. Will swimming make it any worse.?
3. Is there anything else I should be doing (other than ice, compression/taping it...)
4. Are crutches really necessary (I've been told I should be on them, but they kind of get in the way and I can walk w/o them).?
5. What the heck is turf toe anyways.? I mean I watch football and I know a lot of running backs (I think...) are out because of it, but what is the actual injury.?
FishyFeetzHealth Question & Answer

1. Thats exactly what it means. There is minor, moderate, and severe.
It is just the degree in which you sprained it.

2. Yes it can make it worse. When you are kicking your feet those ligaments are bending slightly. The more you bend them and add stress to it, the worse it can get.

3. There isn't much you can do other than that. Just wait it out and give it plenty of rest.

4. That all depends on you. The more you walk on it the longer it could take to heal.

5. It is a sprain to the 1st MP joint. (Your big toe). Just the same as any other sprain.

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Turf toe is a condition of pain at the base of the big toe, located at the ball of the foot. The condition is usually caused from either jamming the toe, or pushing off repeatedly when running or jumping. The most common complaint is pain at the base of the toe, but you may also have symptoms of stiffness and swelling.
The name turf toe comes from the fact that this injury is especially common among athletes who play on artificial turf. The hard surface of artificial turf, combined with running and jumping in football and soccer, make turf toe a frequent consequence of artificial turn play. There has also been some blame on athletic footwear. The more flexible shoes, especially used in competition, provides less support to the forefoot joints, possibly contributing to the prevalence of turf toe.

What happens to the toe in turf toe.?
When a player sustains a turf toe injury they are actually tearing the capsule that surrounds the joint at the base of the toe. Tearing this joint capsule can be extremely painful. Furthermore, tear of the joint capsule can lead to instability and even dislocation of the joint at the base of the toe. This may lead to accelerated cartilage wear and arthritis of the big toe (hallux rigidus).

How is turf toe diagnosed.? Turf toe is diagnosed based primarily on the physical examination of the patient. Making the diagnosis of turf toe is not difficult, but x-rays may be taken to ensure there is no fracture or evidence of arthritis.

What is the treatment of turf toe.?
Treatment of turf toe consists of trying to control the inflammation of the joint capsule. The most important aspect of treatment is to rest the sore toe to allow the inflammation is subside and the joint capsule to heal. In addition to resting the toe, inflammation can be controlled by icing the area, and elevating the foot, and anti-inflammatory medications.

Athletes diagnosed with turf toe should avoid their sport for about three weeks to allow the joint capsule to heal. Once returning to activities, special footwear inserts can be used to limit the motion of the big toe and prevent further damage to the joint capsule. Ask your doctor to evaluate your feet for possible inserts that can control motion of the inflamed joint.

Will turf toe return.?
Unfortunately, turf toe can return, and rehabilitation may be slow. Most athletes have trouble when they try to come back to sports too soon after sustaining a turf toe injury. Surgery is rarely needed for treatment of turf toe, but in certain cases it may be helpful. If a bone spur forms, and severely limits motion of the toe joint, surgery to remove the spur may be helpful.

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