Commonwealth Orthopaedics: Turf Toe

11.12.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

With most players taking time away from the training facilities last week because of the bye weekend, the Redskins are looking to get healthy before the final seven-game stretch of the regular season. While some used the week to rest up, Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr. is preparing for 2013 after being placed on injured reserve earlier this season. Helu is currently recovering from what is commonly known as turf toe.

Turf Toe, or more specifically a Plantar Plate Tear, is a sprain of the main joint of the big toe. It happens when the toe is forcibly bent up into hyperextension, such as when pushing off into a sprint and having the toe get stuck flat on the ground.

Sprains of the big toe joint became especially prevalent in American football players after artificial turf became more common on playing fields - hence the term "turf toe." Artificial turf is a harder surface than grass and does not have much "give" when forces are placed on it.  Click here for more information about Plantar Plate Tear.

Kevin Lutta, MD specializes in foot and ankle and practices in the Herndon office.


Commonwealth Orthopaedics has teamed up with the Redskins as a new health and wellness partner. Click here for more information.

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