Sports-Turf-Toe.jpgSurprisingly, turf toe injuries rank third after knee and ankle injuries among the most common injuries causing loss of practice and game time among NCAA athletes.

Turf toe is an umbrella term for injuries affecting the joint that connects the great toe to the forefoot and occurs when the big toe is hyperextended (bent toward the knee) beyond its limitation. Imagine a linebacker lining up at scrimmage with all his weight resting on his toes.

Turf toe injuries are most often seen in football, soccer, basketball, rugby, and wrestling, but they can occur in all sports where running, cutting, and jumping occur.