Don’t Neglect your Toe Sprains

On Saved by the Bell, a popular sitcom from the ‘90s, A.C. Slater was the quarterback of Bayside High School’s football team. Not only this, though, he was also on the basketball, track, and wrestling team. Imagine what an injury like turf toe would’ve done to his high school sports career! This toe sprain cripples most athletes for quite some time, causing them to undergo long periods of rest. However, even worse, if you neglect the sprain you could sustain damage to the joint for life.

Taking care of your big toe sprain is critical. Sure, it may be tempting to walk on your foot immediately following the injury, but it’s not worth it. If you walk on the foot, your healing time will take longer, which means an even lengthier time until you get back to activities you enjoy. Plus, you put yourself at a greater risk of developing arthritis, like hallux limitus or hallux rigidus, in the joint later in life. Limited motion of the toe could change your walking style for life and also put you at risk for developing further foot problems down the road.

Initially, take two to four days to rest, ice, elevate, and compress the injured area. Use the braces and taping methods that we provide for you and perform the strengthening exercises that will get you back on your feet. If it’s a mild sprain, you may be able to return to activities after a couple days if you use a stiff soled shoes that doesn’t irritate the joint as much. Recovery for a severe sprain should take three to four weeks entirely, depending on how badly you’ve injured the joint.

For more help, make an appointment with Victoria L. Melhuish, DPM, at Sierra Foot & Ankle in Gardnerville. We also serve the surrounding areas of Reno, Johnson Lane, and Carson City. Call our office at (775) 783-8037 to take care of that turf toe!

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