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Recovering After a Turf Toe Injury

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Texas high school basketball is winding down by ramping up for the biggest events of the year – the State Tournaments. The girls will lead the way by playing on March 5-7, with the boys following on March 12-14, as both tournaments establish the top teams in the state. Richardson Podiatry Associates wishes good luck to all participants and hopes that everyone stays safe and avoids injuries like turf toe that can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.

This particular toe injury is more commonly associated with football, but it can happen to anyone who plays a sport on a hard surface, like a basketball court. What happens is that the big toe becomes jammed and hyperextends, thereby straining the ligaments and potentially damaging the surfaces of the joint.

In order to recover from the injury, treatment should be started right away. This will entail rest, ice, elevation, and medication. Rest is a vital component of recovering from the injury, and this includes immobilizing the joint for an extended period of time. Avoid the temptation to rush back into action, because that will only serve to aggravate the condition. Ice will help to minimize the pain and swelling in the affected area. Elevation also helps to reduce swelling and should be performed 2-3 hours on a daily basis if possible. The best way to do this is to lay in bed or on the couch with your foot propped up on a couple of pillows. With regard to using anti-inflammatory drugs to control the pain and inflammation, call our office to find out what is recommended for you.

Sports are a great way to stay in shape and forge friendships that can be lifelong, but an injury like turf toe can put a damper on the experience. Some injuries and conditions are easily avoidable, but the best you can do to prevent this toe injury is to simply wear properly-fitting shoes with rigid soles.

When you need treatment for turf toe, Richardson Podiatry Associates has the caring, knowledgeable staff to help you get back on the field or court in the shortest amount of time possible. Contact our Richardson, TX podiatry office by calling (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to request an appointment. Also, be sure to check us out on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter!

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