“I sprained my big toe joint!”
School is starting and with that comes the start of the football and soccer seasons. This is when we, as podiatrists, begin to see many new types of injuries. One of these injuries is “Turf Toe”. Turf Toe is a sprain of the ligaments around the big toe joint. Over extending the great toe causes this injury to the ligaments. It is most commonly seen in athletes playing on artificial surfaces.
Symptoms of turf toe include pain, swelling, and limited motion at the joint at the base of the big toe. There are three grades for this injury from least problematic, to increased severity. A Grade I injury is a sprain of the ligaments, athletes are typically able to return to play as tolerated. Grade II injury is a partial rupture of the ligaments and the athlete typically needs upwards of 2 weeks to recover. A Grade III injury is a complete rupture of the ligaments and requires up to 10 to 16 weeks to recover.
The initial treatment for treating turf toe is a combination of rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE therapy) as well as oral anti-inflammatories. Taping may be beneficial to limit the motion of the joint. At times, a rigid insert that minimizes the flexion of the joint is the most useful option.
It can take two to three weeks for the pain and inflammation along the joint improve. The patients must be cautious as this injury can recur if not treated aggressively at first. Long term use of inserts or other adjustments to their athletic wear is warranted. If you sustain an injury this sports season, do not hesitate to call us at Worthington Foot & Ankle, we’d be happy to help!
Worthington Foot & Ankle’s 1st annual Ladies’ Night Out is a little over a month away (SEPT 28).
Our confirmed vendors are:
1. Rodan & Fields
2. India Hicks
5. Royally fluffed tutus
6 Amy Weimer photography
7. Bushel and a Peck Treats
9. Handwritten Forward
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping as well as meet the doctors and staff of WFA, enjoy some cocktails and snacks, and meet new friends!
Ladies Night Out
Grab your friends for Worthington Foot & Ankle’s 1st annual Ladies Night Out. Enjoy an evening planning your holiday wish list with our vendors, have some snacks and drinks and meet the doctors of Worthington Foot & Ankle.
Mark your calendars for September 28, 2016 from 6-8pm.
Address is: 37 E. Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington, OH 43085
*Watch for details closer to the date*
In the recent weeks, I have seen quite a few patients who have presented with a condition called plantar fibromatosis. Many people who experience this condition, complain of a painful lump along their arch, which can cause pain to the heel as well. This painful nodule/lump is called a plantar fibroma. These lumps can be especially painful with walking.
I have seen this condition occur most in the middle-age population, but can occur at any age. The true cause is unknown, but some possibilities can include: trauma, genetics, and some medications. Treatment can be both conservative as well as surgical. Conservative treatment can include: stretching, padding, orthotics to offload the area, topical medications which have helped tremendously in some patients, or physical therapy. Surgically, the fibromas can be removed. With surgical removal, there is a chance the nodules can return. If you have noticed a painful nodule to the bottom of your arch, please call us at Worthington Foot and Ankle, we can help!