Depending on the severity of the sprain, recovery from turf toe can take anywhere from a few weeks to sometimes even a few months. The key to successful and speedy rehab is rest. Don’t jump back into your sport or activity too soon, or you could prolong your recovery even more. Instead, take time off, ice and elevate your foot, and tape or bandage the area to restrict movement.
When pain subsides, try a few exercises to rebuild strength and dexterity. Spread your toes apart and hold them like that for 10 -15 seconds, then repeat. You can also massage the area by rolling your foot back and forth over a tennis ball. When you eventually return to activity, avoid playing on hard surfaces, and make sure to have appropriate, well-fitting shoes to help prevent the injury from recurring.
If you are experiencing pain from turf toe, or any other foot condition, make an appointment with Victoria L. Melhuish, DPM today. You can reach us at (775) 783-8037, or at one of our two offices, conveniently located in Carson City and Gardnerville, NV. We’ll help you get back on your feet again!