Turf Toe Specialist

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine -  - Podiatry

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

Podiatry & Sports Medicine located in Upper East Side, New York, NY & White Plains, NY

If turf toe pain is hindering sports performance, you don’t have to suffer. The experienced medical team of podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, treat turf toe caused by sports and other injuries to get you back out on the field or gym in no time. Call to learn more about orthovisc injections and other turf toe treatment options, or book an appointment online today.

Turf Toe Q & A

What is Turf Toe?

Turf toe is a sprain in the joint of your big toe that happens when the toe gets hyperextended. This may occur during sports training or competitions — when pushing off into a sprint, for example.

Football players performing on turf fields commonly experience turf toe, which is why the condition was named as such. Basketball, soccer, baseball, dance, and gymnastics athletes are also at risk for turf toe, especially during periods of intense training.

What are the Symptoms of Turf Toe?

Turf toe can cause several symptoms, including:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Big toe instability


Sometimes turf toe symptoms go away within a day or two, but residual pain affects many athletes. If turf toe pain isn’t going away on its own, make an appointment with the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine to learn more about treatment options.

How is Turf Toe Treated?

A variety of treatment options help ease pain from turf toe and speed up recovery time. You might first try:

  • Resting your feet for several days
  • Icing your toe (10 minutes per hour initially)
  • Elevating your foot to reduce swelling
  • Wearing a compression bandage
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications


If pain persists for more than a few days, treatments the medical team at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine may recommend include:

  1. Immobilization: Your doctor provides you with stiff-soled shoes, pads, or braces to help limit mobility in your big toe while it heals.
  2. Orthovisc Injections: Orthovisc injections act as a joint lubricant, reducing joint pain caused by turf toe.
  3. PRP Injections: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections may enhance the healing of sports-related injuries when injected into the site of the injury.
  4. Electrotherapy: Electrotherapy uses electrical devices that emit electrical energy, as a way to stimulate your body’s natural healing and speed up recovery.
  5. Physical Therapy: If physical therapy is required to heal turf toe caused by sports injuries, the team of doctors at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine refer you to an experienced licensed physical therapist.
  6. Surgery: In some cases, surgery is required to remove broken bone fragments or repair cartilage in your toe. Your doctor determines if you’re a candidate for surgery.


When turf toe isn’t healing on its own and you’re ready for a solution you can count on, call the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine or book an appointment online today.

What we offer

Podiatric & Sports Medicine Services