You may be wondering what is turf toe, and do you have it? Turf toe is an injury of the soft tissue structure in the plantar complex of your foot; or better explained in simplest terms as a sprain and pain in your big toe due to hyper-extension such as pushing off into a sprint.
Most often, this is found in athletes who are pushing off their toes causing your big tor to hyper-extend. Similar to other injuries that can occur to the body, there is a range of severity when it comes to turf toe and how it can effect you and the sports you play. These mild to severe injuries include:
Level 1 – This is the mildest pain you may feel with surf toe. You may experience tenderness and slight swelling.
Level 2 – This level is selected when there is a partial tear present causing more tenderness than level 1, and more swelling and may include bruising. Moving your toe(s) can be very limited and painful.
Level 3 – A complete tear has occurred leaving you with severe tenderness, swelling and bruising. It is almost too difficult to even more your big toe(s).