Turf Toe Brace | Soft Support Straps for Sprained Big Toe Treatment & Taping Alternative

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The Best Turf Toe Brace for Prevention and Treatment

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.

Causes and Symptoms: What is Turf Toe? 

Turf toe is caused by the excessive bending of the big toe, causing pain and swelling in the MTP joint

“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.

What Causes Turf Toe?

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.

Turf Toe Symptoms

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.

How Long Does Turf Toe Take to Heal

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:

  • Grade 1. Your ligament has some minor tearing, known as micro-tearing.
  • Grade 2. Your ligament is partially torn.
  • Grade 3. Your ligament is severely or completely torn and you have significant joint instability.

Difference between grade one grade two and grade three turf toe sprains

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.

Turf Toe Brace vs. Taping

 

turf toe bracing vs turf toe taping pros and cons

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.

Key Features and Benefits of This Soft Turf Toe Splint

  1. Soft Design

    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.

  2. Reusable and Washable

    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.

  3. One Size Fits Most

    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.

  4. Can be Worn Inside a Shoe

    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.

  5. Includes Fully Adjustable, Medical-Grade Toe Support Straps

    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.

Frequently Asked Questions About This Big Toe Support

  • What conditions / injuries does this turf toe bracelet treat? This brace is only intended to help relieve turf toe. However, a few customers have found relief from a wide variety of other big toe deformities and injuries including hallux rigidus, sprains or strains, MTP joint hyperextension, arthritis, and more. It is NOT meant for sesamoiditis, bunions, or fractured toes. (See good options for bunion relief or broken toe recovery without a cast.)
  • How does it work? Specifically designed to stabilize and support your big toe, preventing excessive bending and force to protect against further injury while allowing you to maintain an active lifestyle.
  • Who can wear this brace? Men and women of all ages can benefit from this toe stabilizer wrap.
  • What size should I get? One size fits most. Simply choose between our right or left foot options. However, it is critical that you 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. Also, 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.
  • When should I wear it? You should always follow a doctor’s instructions regarding usage. But generally speaking, you can safely wear this flexible big toe splint throughout the day or night. Due to its soft design, this may or may not be the right brace for high-impact sports.
  • What is it made of? The midfoot band and toe cap 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. All components are latex free.
  • How do I put it on? To apply, start by undoing all the fasteners. With the straps on top of your foot, place your big toe inside the toe cap. Grab the fastener on the toe cap and wrap it around, attaching it to the top of your big toe. Wrap the midfoot band snugly around the arch of your foot, attaching it to the top. Next, find the shorter toe strap, pull it diagonally across the bottom side of your foot, attaching it to the midfoot band. Repeat with the longer toe strap, forming an X with the two straps. To adjust the brace, move the bases closer together for less tension and further apart for more tension.
  • Washing Instructions: Hand wash in warm water with mild detergent. Allow the brace to air dry completely before reapplying. Do not use high temperatures to wash or dry.
  • Other features:
    • Natural, non-invasive fix for turf toe pain
    • Easy to put on, take off, and adjust
    • Made in America
  • Color: Black.
the sizing chart for the turf toe brace fits womens size size to mens size 14
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