Turf toe can be painful and frustrating, majorly if you are an athlete. But most people make a full recovery within a few weeks without any long-term health problems. To avoid future reoccurrences, make sure to give your injured toe plenty of rest and wear a brace to help prevent further damage.
This Turf Toe Brace is a new and improved alternative to traditional taping techniques, alleviating pain and limiting movement of your toe while it heals.
“Turf toe” received its name because this injury is especially common among athletes who play on artificial turf. When playing sports on artificial turf, cleats can cause your foot to stick to the hard surface, resulting in jamming of the big toe joint. There has been some proof that less-supportive, flexible shoes worn on artificial turf are also to blame. Although this injury is most commonly reported in football players, participants in soccer, basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, running or track, dance (especially ballet), and martial arts are at risk too.
Your forefoot is made up of long metatarsal bones which connect to the phalanges bones (toes). The point where the metatarsals attach to the phalanges is called the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. The bones are joined together by ligaments, a short band of tough, fibrous connective tissue.
Turf toe is a sprain to the ligament at the base of your big toe or great toe. The overstretched or torn ligament is a result of excessive upward bending (hyperextension) of your big toe joint. It is caused by jamming or repetitive injury when pushing off your toe repeatedly while running or jumping.
The signs and symptoms of turf toe often include pain, swelling, and limited joint movement.
If your turf toe was caused by repetitive motions, the indications will usually begin slowly and may gradually worsen. If direct injury is the cause, signs and symptoms typically begin suddenly and get worse over a 24-hour period. An X-ray or MRI scan is usually recommended to check that no fracture or break is present.
Turf toe typically takes about 3 to 6 weeks to fully heal. The more severe your sprain is, the longer you will need to allow for recovery. This soft splint is intended for turf toe prevention and protection while recovering from grade 1 or “mild” sprains.
Sprains are classified into grades based on how severe they are. Your doctor will determine if your sprain is:
As with other sprains, treatment involves following the steps of rest, ice, apply compression and elevate (RICE). For grade 1 sprains, try to keep your toe braced for about four weeks, though your doctor can give you more specific guidelines. As you recover, it is also important to avoid sports or strenuous exercise. In more severe cases, a cam walking boot may be necessary.
If you ignore this injury it may develop into hallux limitus or hallux rigidus, which is a stiff joint with a decreased range of motion due to arthritis around the joint.
Taping your big toe can be an annoying, painful, and expensive process over time. This reusable brace is easier to apply, more convenient, and more comfortable than medical tape from CVS or Walgreens.
Similar to turf toe taping techniques, this bandage works to alleviate pain and discomfort reducing hyperextension of the big toe while reinforcing your ligaments and joints.
While bracing and taping works well for grade 1 sprains, grade 2 or 3 sprains might require wearing a walking boot to provide added protection and stability. Remember, it is important to check with your doctor first to make sure you are following the best treatment option for your injury.
With comfort and usability in mind, this brace was designed in a soft style. It is intended to be worn all day, every day as you heal from your injury. The flexible, great toe brace is more comfortable than a carbon fiber foot plate insert or steel shoe insole extension orthotic. It limits excessive flexion (bending) while allowing for a comfortable range of motion, so do not be worried if you can still move your foot!
If you have not worn foot braces, pads, or sleeves in the past, it will take you some time to get used to having something on your foot. After adjusting to the bandage you will probably forget you are even wearing it.
The midfoot band and toe cap (toe sleeve) of this brace are made of perforated neoprene fabric, which is breathable and lightweight. The toe straps are made of durable polyester with medical-grade fasteners, ensuring a stronghold throughout the day.
Due to its soft design, this may or may not be the right turf toe remedy for high-impact sports. Talk to your doctor about your specific injury.
This eco-friendly, soft splint provides secure and reusable turf toe protection without adhesive or rough edges, eliminating the need for taping. Tape is hard to keep clean and can not be reused. Our wrap can last for weeks during your recovery process if cared for properly. Check out the frequently asked questions below for washing instructions.
With only right or left foot options to select, choosing the right size has never been easier. But, make sure that your shoe size falls within the recommended size ranges for this product. If your feet are either too big or too small, this brace will not fit you properly.
If the toe cap does not fit snugly around your big toe, do not worry! As long as the rest of the brace fits your foot, a loose toe cap will not affect the way it works.
Whether you are relaxing at home or out walking around, this brace can easily be worn by itself, under socks, and in most shoes. For the best results, we strongly recommend wearing roomy shoes with wide and deep toe boxes. Avoid high heels and pointed flats.
At first glance, it might seem like this brace is complicated to put on, but once you get the hang of it this brace is quick and easy to apply! Providing protection and support, the turf toe brace uses two tension straps to supply constant, gentle pressure on your big toe, keeping it in proper alignment to speed up the recovery process.
To adjust, move the toe tension strap bases closer together for less tension and further apart for more.
I thought the velcro strap around big toe should have been made larger......it BARELY closed on my toe......or have different sizes but this size for a 6'1 220 pound man was not big enough.....the concept of it is a good idea but it has to be made to fit most....
I got this so I could wear it at night. It is light and easy to put on. The only thing that I would hope to have a better fit is the length of the toe cover. It is a little long so there about a spare 1/2 inch of material at the top of my toe. I can't adjust the strap to go lower to have better fit as it scratches the skin between my big toe.
It seems to help.
I bought one brace for each foot. At first, this seemed pointless and would not work at all. They were kinda comfortable at the start but I did start to get used to them. I believe I have had them for around 3 weeks and my big toe pain has gone away so far. I have had big toe pain for over a year and in a week wearing these has helped out so much.
I couldn't wear the brace at all. The strap that went around the big toe was too small to close well. It was very uncomfortable and rubbed horribly between the big and second toes. The rest of the straps were ok, but didn't restrict much of the movement. The brace irritated the toes too much to wear. Taping worked better. A shame because I hope to find a brace to help.
Liane, thank you for your feedback. I'm truly sorry that our turf toe brace didn't quite meet your expectations. Our Product Development Team really appreciates the constructive feedback as they are currently working on re-designing this brace to make some important improvements. We'd love for you to be on our Product Advisory Team; if you don't mind, we'll get in touch with you when we have a new prototype ready so you can try it out if you are willing and interested! ~ Kendra Linderbaum
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