Recovery time for turf toe depends on how severe the injury is. Like other sprains, a big toe sprain can be grade 1, 2 or 3, and each has different requirements for healing time:
Grade 1 – soft tissues a bit stretched out, no swelling or bruising. These rebound rather quickly if you stay off the foot and use strapping to limit toe movement—usually in just a few days.
Grade 2 – slight ligament tear(s), pain, swelling, some black and blue areas. They are treated with RICE – rest, icing, compression with taping or strapping, and equipment modifications, like stiffer shoes or orthotics to support the toe. You will likely miss 1 to 2 weeks of activity before it is healed well enough to play again.
Grade 3 - severe, with ligament tears, swelling, stiff joint, inability to bear weight, possible cartilage damage. These require more stringent treatment and possibly surgery to reconstruct the ligament capsule. Plan on 4 to 6 weeks before resuming any activities—maybe longer.
Trust your sports injuries to Houston’s expert podiatrist, Dr. Robert Parker, for effective treatment and considerate care. Call Parker Foot & Ankle at (281) 497-2850 and start your road to healing today.