BWH/Mass General Health Care Center 20 Patriot Place Foxborough, MA 02035 phone: 508-718-4035 fax: 508-718-4036
Orthopaedics at Mass General Waltham 52 Second Avenue Building 52, 1st Floor, Suite 1150 Waltham, MA 02451 phone: 617-726-7500 fax: 617-643-2030
Explore Turf Toe
Turf toe is caused by a severe dorsiflexion (upward bending) of the base of the great toe. It can result in pain and swelling with subsequent stiffness of the toe. Pain with running and even walking can develop. Initial treatment consists of ice and limiting the motion of the great toe. Starting motion as soon as pain allows will help prevent stiffness. An X-ray will evaluate whether there is an associated fracture. If severe, long-term problems can include limited and painful range of motion of the great toe.