The term turf toe has become a commonly accepted name referring to a sprain involving the hallux (great toe) metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint of the foot. The name was first coined in 1976 after it was found that the frequency of injuries to the MTP joint was much greater during competition on artificial playing surfaces. The injury is fairly common; it is seen most often in football, but it also occurs in other sports such as wrestling, basketball, and dance, among others. Because this ...

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