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Our Foot and Ankle Specialists / Surgeons are on staff at the Following Facilities: 

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital 11800 Astoria Blvd. Houston, Texas 77089

United Surgery Center 12700 N Featherwood Dr, Houston, TX 77034

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center 500 W Medical Center Blvd, Clearlake, TX 77598

St. Lukes Patient Medical Center 4001 Preston Ave, Friendswood, TX

Houston Physicians Hospital 333 N Texas Ave #1000, Webster, TX 77598  

Big toe injuries, known as turf toe, result from hyperextension of the big toe joint as the heel is raised off the ground. An external force is placed on the big toe, and the soft tissue structures that support the big toe on the top are torn or ruptured.

Turf toe often arises from participation in team sports. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, and swelling of the toe joint. There is often a sudden acute onset of pain during a push-off phase of running. Usually, the pain is not enough to keep the athlete from physical activities or finishing a game. This causes further injury to the big toe and can dramatically increase the healing time required.

Treatment includes rest, icing, compression, and equipment modification or change. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be used for relief of minor pain as well as to decrease the inflammation of the injury. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.


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