A commonly misunderstood injury of the foot is “turf toe.” This condition is an acute, traumatic bursitis of the first toe-metatarsal joint associated with tendonitis. This condition is a common result of playing on artificial turf. Also found in hereditary bunion joints during walking and normal running conditions, the athlete uses his big toe in a gripping action to dig downward in order to propel him into a forward motion.
However, on the artificial turf, he is unable to get the’needed gripping action, thereby causing a sliding or displacement of the big toe-metatarsal joint. If this imbalance continues, it will cause undue stress to the first toe joint and can lead to strained or broken toe and tear of ligaments around the big toe joint, as well as trauma to the second metatarsal bones at the mid-foot articulation.