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Turf Toe!!!

Ladies and Gents, tonight I was teaching a super intense boxing class, and as I went to pivot for a punch, the sharpest “sting” of a pain went through my right big toe, and it took my breathe away! I honestly thought someone had dropped a thumb tac on the floor, and when I didn’t find any office supplies lying around on the boxing gym floor, I realized I had a serious pain in my toe!

After class, I had a nice young man explain to me that it was “turf toe”. My response was, “Is that a real thing?” haha, so I just did a little research, and these are my findings! I hope none of you ever have to deal with “turf toe”, but it is a real thing, and this could happen to you.. haha

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“What Causes Turf Toe?

Turf toe is a sprain to the ligaments around the big toe joint, which works primarily as a hinge to permit up and down motion. Just behind the big toe joint in the ball of your foot are two pea-shaped bones embedded in the tendon that moves your big toe. Called sesamoids, these bones work like a pulley for the tendon and provide leverage when you walk or run. They also absorb the weight that presses on the ball of the foot.

When you are walking or running, you start each subsequent step by raising your heel and letting your body weight come forward onto the ball of your foot. At a certain point you propel yourself forward by “pushing off” of your big toe and allowing your weight to shift to the other foot. If the toe for some reason stays flat on the ground and doesn’t lift to push off, you run the risk of suddenly injuring the area around the joint. Or if you are tackled or fall forward and the toe stays flat, the effect is the same as if you were sitting and bending your big toe back by hand beyond its normal limit, causing hyperextension of the toe. That hyperextension, repeated over time or with enough sudden force, can  — cause a sprain in the ligaments that surround the joint.

Typically with turf toe, the injury is sudden.”

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