Turf Toe vs. Sand Toe

Turf Toe

“Turf’s Up, Dude!” is not something you usually hear, unless of course, you have a surfer friend who is experiencing what is commonly known in the chiropractic community as “Turf Toe.” So what is, turf toe, you ask? Chiropractic Sports Institute defines turf toe as “an injury in which the big toe is hyperextended, causing a sprain of the ligaments surrounding the big toe.” Sports like soccer, football, lacrosse, track and gymnastics can all contribute to the condition known as turf toe. Common symptoms of turf toe include swelling, pain, inflammation and the aforementioned hyperextension. 

Thankfully, consulting with a chiropractor like Dr. Arash Noor of BodyPro Chiropractic & Sports Medicine in Los Angeles, California, has benefits that will greatly improve your mobility and ability to engage in outdoor sports without pain. By treating your body from a concierge-like approach, the expertise and professionalism you will experience in the office will automatically soothe your nerves and let you know that you are on the way to physical recovery. 

So what is “Sand Toe”, you ask? A close relative of turf toe, sand toe can also prevent you from experiencing a full range of mobility as a result of repetitive movement in areas of sand from sports like running, beach volleyball or even surfing. Considered a sprain of the metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ), Podiatry Today explains how the increased use of astro turf in major professional sports arenas added to the increased number of injuries in the toe adding to the number of sand toe and turf toe overall. 

At BodyPro Chiropractic & Sports Medicine, Dr. Arash Noor and his staff will carefully assess the situation to see if there are symptoms that can be managed. Taping the toe and wearing the proper shoes can vastly improve your toe on its road to recovery. Applying the RICE technique is a surefire way to aid the big toe in its speedy recovery. RICE stands for: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Dr. Noor and his staff will happily assist you whether it be turf or sand toe! We are happy to help!

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Dr. Arash Noor Dr. Arash Noor Dr. Arash Noor is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician who is also an Emergency Medical Technician and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

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