Turf Toe and Its Effects on Fantasy Football

The arduous wait of the off season is almost over. Preseason shenanigans are wrapping up. You acquired some 5 star athletes and by far have the most talented team you have ever pieced together. The trash talking at work is intensifying and the first official game of the season is tonight. But as you to watch your favorite team this weekend, by games end your heart has sunk deeper than Dantes Inferno. Your ace in-the-hole player was taken out of the game due to a turf toe injury. The one component that gave you the edge and would forever silence that co-worker at your lunch break. All because of a toe. The only question you have is what is turf toe?

What is it?

  • Hyperextension of your big toe with potential ligamentous rupture, dislocation, AND fracture.

What causes it?

  • Several factors:
  • Flexible soled shoes stiffer soled shoes decrease the stress applied to the forefoot.
  • Artificial turf grass is more flexible and offers greater cushion.
  • Ankle ROM (range of motion) greater motion increases chance of injury.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Pain, swelling, bruising
  • Grades:
  • Grade 1 localized tenderness with little swelling or bruising.
  • Grade 2 widespread tenderness with moderate swelling and bruising.
  • Grade 3 severe/diffuse tenderness and swelling with painful ROM.


  • Regardless of Grade: RICE (No, not Uncle Bens OR fried)
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation
  • NSAIDs
  • Casting, splinting
  • Gradual ROM beginning 3-5 days post injury
  • Return to activity determined by Grade of injury
  • Grade 1 usually can return to play immediately
  • Grade 2 – up to 14 days
  • Grade 3 2 to 6 weeks
  • Surgical Intervention

So, before you scrap your fantasy football dreams of a legend, find out the degree of injury. Also, this would be a good time to trust in your back-up.

Joking aside, if you suffer a similar injury OR have other problems with your feet, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Bowman at 713-467-8886 or visit Houston Foot Specialists online.

Category: Sports Injuries

Tags: Brusing, Fracture, RICE, Toe Injury, Toe Pain, Toe Surgery, Turf Toe