In Motion: Don’t Let Turf Toe Linger

In-Motion-SP15_online-version-1 Turf toe, or sprain of the first metatarsal phalangeal joint (MTP), can be one of the most painful and debilitating injuries an athlete can face. The condition was originally described in 1976 by Bowers and Martin at the University of West Virginia, where they noted an average of 5.4 turf toe injuries per season among football players. 1 In 1990, Rodeo et al reported on professional football players in the National Football League2 and found that out of 80 active players, 45 percent had suffered turf toe injuries in their professional careers, with 83 percent occurring on artificial turf