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Posts for tag: Turf Toe

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
April 06, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Turf Toe   big toe pain  

This condition occurs when an outside force is put onto the big toe causing a sprain in the ligaments around the big toe joint. Our team of doctors understand team sports and realize that your friends may play hard, potentially injuring themselves or you during a great game. While the score may show a win, injuries like turf toe, set you back in the game by several points.


  • Pushing off from your big toe and having your weight shift suddenly to the other foot like many football moves would require.
  • Sudden injury to the big toe mostly seen in soccer and football where the playing field is artificial and is harder than grass.
  • Wearing shoes that do not support the big toe for the specific sport – if the foot bends too far you are at more risk.


  • Pain and tenderness in the ball of the foot and the big toe area.
  • Limited big toe joint movement.
  • Unable to “push off” using your big toe.
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the ball of the injured foot.
  • Swelling in the big toe and ball of the foot.


  • Stay off your feet as much as you can and as long as you can to help it heal on its own.
  • Wrap a compression bandage around the big toe to help with swelling.
  • Use a cold pack with a border from a towel or washcloth and apply to the area several times a day for about 20 minutes each time.
  • Seek professional care.

Turf toe is a simple injury but can become complicated when it comes to the condition of the tendons, ligaments, joint surfaces, nerves and bones in the affected are around the big toe. While flexible shoes and synthetic surfaces are a hot risk for this injury, there are some easy resolutions to prevent or treat turf toe.

Dr. Mayer Salama and Daniel Salama have four locations in Michigan: Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Trento and Clarkston. Contact us at 313-274-0990 for an appointment to see if your symptoms show signs of turf toe or any other foot related problems. Don’t let your turf be compromised by your toes!

Al Jefferson suffered an injury Sunday against Miami. (USATSI)Charlotte Bobcats Al Jefferson suffered a foot injury during the first game of the NBA playoffs last month. Jefferson says that he felt something rip while on the court. However, after taking two painkiller shots Jefferson was able to get back in the game, scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Jefferson was later diagnosed with a strain in his plantar fasciitis. Jefferson’s injury is believed to have contributed to his relatively poor performance.

Even the most careful athletes can become injured. If you are someone who is playing sports with a foot or ankle injury, see podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, DPM of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

For more information about Playing Sports with Foot Injuries, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Dearborn, Trenton, Clarkston, and Farmington Hills, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sports Injuries Travis Snider of the Pirates originally thought the pain in his left foot came as a result of a simple ligament strain. However, Snider found out that he was more severely injured than expected. In fact, his injury even caused his 2013 batting average to be as low as .215.

Upon the season’s end Snider underwent surgery to have bone spurs and the sesamoid bones in the ball of his foot removed in order to heal his foot. “After Christmas I’ll be eight weeks (post-surgery) and hopefully get clearance to start progressing with some physical activity,” Snider stated in regards to his recovery.

If you are recovering from a foot injury and need foot therapy, contact podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can provide rehabilitation as well as a general course for your road to recovery.

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.    

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

Read more about Foot Therapy.

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