Howdy Readers! After posting my latest Movie Monday video I was asked by an individual to post a video on how to tape the great toe when suffering from turf toe. First of all, turf toe is a forced hyperextension of the great toe or first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint which results in damage to the plantar aspect of the 1st MTP joint.
Often times this can result in damage to a structure known as the volar plate. Due to the nature of this structure, this injury can be very debilitating for athletic activity and can even cause suffering with simple things like pushing off with the foot while walking. This taping technique is commonly used by certified athletic trainers to allow athletes to return-to-play after minor or moderate injury and it can be used to protect, rest, and allow proper healing of the joint after initial injury.
However, this should only be used as an acute intervention and other rehabilitative exercises and manual therapies may be warranted. While limiting great toe extension may allow a person to remain physically active with such an injury or lower pain levels with activities of daily living...it is a necessary and crucial motion for the great toe joint to have. Therefore, it is imperative that pull pain free range of motion be restored after suffering a great toe injury such as turf toe.