Best Lawn Toe Brackets for Prevention and Treatment
Turf toes can be painful and frustrating, mostly if you're an athlete. But most people make a full recovery within a few weeks without any long-term health problems. To prevent it from happening again in the future, make sure to rest the injured toe well and wear a brace to help prevent further injury.
This is a new and improved alternative to traditional tape technology that reduces pain and limits movement of the toe as it heals.
Causes and symptoms: What is turf toe?
Turf toe is due to excessive bending of the big toe causing pain and swelling in the MTP joint
"Turf toe" got its name because this injury is especially common among athletes on artificial turf. When exercising on artificial turf, cleats can cause your feet to stick to hard surfaces, causing the big toe joint to become stuck. There is some evidence that less supportive, flexible shoes worn on artificial turf are also to blame. While this injury is most common in football players, participants in football, basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, running or track and field, dance (especially ballet) and martial arts are also at risk.
What Causes Turf Toe?
Your forefoot consists of long metatarsal bones that connect to the phalanges (toes). The point at which the metatarsal bone attaches to the phalanx is called the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTP). Bones are held together by ligaments, which are short bands of tough fibrous connective tissue.
Turf toe is a sprained ligament at the base of the big toe or big toe. An overstretched or torn ligament is the result of excessive upward bending (hyperextension) of the big toe joint. It is caused by a toe stuck or repeated injury while pushing repeatedly while running or jumping.
Lawn Toe Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of turf toe often include pain, swelling, and limited joint mobility.
If your turf toe is caused by repetitive motion, symptoms usually start slowly and may gradually worsen. If direct injury is the cause, signs and symptoms usually appear suddenly and worsen within 24 hours. An X-ray or MRI scan is usually recommended to check for fractures or breaks.
How long does turf toe take to heal
Turf toes usually take about 3 to 6 weeks to fully heal. The more severe the sprain, the longer it will take to recover. This soft splint is used to prevent and protect turf toes while recovering from a grade 1 or "mild" sprain.
Sprains are graded according to their severity. Your doctor will determine if your sprain is:
Level 1. Your ligaments are torn slightly, called microtears.
- level 2. Your ligament is partially torn.
- Level 3. You have severely or completely torn ligaments and severely unstable joints.
Difference Between Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three Lawn Toe Sprains
As with other sprains, treatment consists of the following steps: rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). For grade 1 sprains, try to keep your toes supported for about 4 weeks, but your doctor can give you more specific instructions. It's also important to avoid exercise or strenuous activity while you're recovering. In more severe cases, a cam walking boot may be necessary.
If you ignore this injury, it can develop into hallux restriction or hallux rigidus, which is a stiff joint with reduced range of motion due to arthritis around the joint.
Pros and cons of turf toe support vs turf toe tape
Taping the big toe can be an annoying, painful, and expensive process over time. This reusable stent is easier to apply, more convenient, and more comfortable than CVS or Walgreens' medical tape.
Similar to the turf toe taping technique, this bandage relieves pain and discomfort, reduces hyperextension of the big toe, while strengthening ligaments and joints.
While braces and tape are appropriate for a grade 1 sprain, a grade 2 or 3 sprain may require walking boots for additional protection and stability. Remember, it's important to consult with your doctor first to make sure you're following the best treatment plan for your injury.
Key Features and Benefits of this Soft Lawn Toe Splint
With comfort and usability in mind, this stand is designed with a soft style. It's designed to be worn every day as you heal from your injury. The flexible big toe support is more comfortable than carbon fiber footplate inserts or steel insole extension orthoses. It limits hyperflexion (flexion) while allowing a comfortable range of motion, so don't worry if you can still move your foot!
If you haven't worn foot braces, pads, or sleeves in the past, it will take you some time to get used to putting something on your feet. After getting used to the bandage, you may forget that you are even wearing it.
The midfoot strap and toe cap (toe cover) of this stand are made of perforated neoprene fabric that is breathable and lightweight. The toe straps are made of durable polyester with medical-grade fasteners for all-day stability.
Due to its soft design, this may or may not be the right turf toe remedy for high-intensity exercise. Discuss your specific injury with your doctor.
Reusable and washable
This eco-friendly, soft splint provides safe and reusable turf toe protection without adhesive or rough edges and without tape. Tape is difficult to keep clean and cannot be reused. With proper care, our wraps can last for weeks during your recovery. Check out the FAQs below for washing instructions.
One size fits best
With only the right or left foot available, choosing the right size has never been easier. However, make sure your shoe size is within the recommended size range for this product. If your feet are too big or too small, this stand won't fit you.
If the toe cap doesn't fit snugly on your big toe, don't worry! As long as the rest of the bracket fits your foot, the loose toe cap won't affect how it works.
Can be worn in shoes
Whether you're relaxing at home or walking around outside, the stand can easily be worn on its own, under socks, and in most shoes. For best results, we strongly recommend wearing wide shoes with a wide, deep toe. Avoid high heels and pointy-toe flats.
Includes fully adjustable medical-grade toe support straps
At first glance, putting on this brace may seem complicated, but once you get the hang of it, this brace is quick and easy to apply! Providing protection and support, the Turf Toe Holder uses two tension bands to provide constant, gentle pressure on your big toe to keep it properly aligned to speed up the recovery process.
To make adjustments, move the toe tension strap base closer for less tension and further apart for more tension.
Frequently Asked Questions About This Bunion Brace
- What ailments/injuries can this turf toe bracelet treat? This bracket is only used to help relieve turf toe. However, some clients have experienced relief from a variety of other big toe deformities and injuries, including hallux stiffness, sprains or strains, MTP joint hyperextension, arthritis, and more. It is not suitable for sesamoiditis, bunions or broken toes. (Check out good options for bunion relief or toe fracture recovery without casting.)
- How does it work? Specifically designed to stabilize and support your big toe, preventing excessive flexion and force to prevent further injury while allowing you to maintain an active lifestyle.
- Who can wear this brace? Men and women of all ages can benefit from this toe stabilizer.
- How big should I buy? One size fits best. Just choose between our right or left foot options. However, it is important to make sure your shoe size is within the recommended size range for this product. If your feet are too big or too small, this stand won't fit you. Also, if the toe cap doesn't fit snugly on your big toe, don't worry! As long as the rest of the bracket fits your foot, the loose toe cap won't affect how it works.
- When should I wear it? You should always follow your doctor's instructions for use. But generally speaking, you can safely wear this flexible big toe splint day or night. Due to its soft design, this may or may not be the right brace for high-intensity workouts.
- what does it do? The midfoot strap and toe cap of this stand are made of perforated neoprene fabric that is breathable and lightweight. The toe straps are made of durable polyester with medical-grade fasteners for all-day stability. All components are latex free.
- What should I wear? To apply, first loosen all fasteners. Place the straps on your feet with your big toe inside the toe cap. Grab the fastener on the toe cap and wrap it around the top of the big toe. Wrap the midfoot strap tightly around the arch of the foot, securing it at the top. Next, find the shorter toe strap and connect it to the midfoot strap by pulling it diagonally across the bottom of the foot. Repeat with the longer toe strap, forming an X with both straps. To adjust the stand, move the bases closer together for less tension and move them further apart for more tension.
- Washing Instructions: Hand wash in warm water with mild detergent. Allow the stand to air dry completely before reapplying. Do not use high heat for washing or drying.