A turf toe is a sprain of the big toe joint in which the damage is done when the joint is hyperextended. It got its name from American Football where it become more common on the artificial turfs. However, it can occur in any sport on any surface. All that is required that the toe is hyperextended, as this strains to tears the ligaments under the joint and compresses the structures above the joint.
The initial management is rest and ICE with some strapping to restrict the movement of the joint. Just how much rest and how long you need to be off it will depend on the grade of the injury. Grade 3 are the more serious and will need more time and you may even need to go into a Moon boot to protect weightbearing and immobilise the joint. A Grade 1 can return to sport a lot sooner once the initial acute phase is over.
As weightbearing starts and a return to activity is starting to occur, then the movement of the joint still needs to be restricted and protected. An efficient way to do this is to use one the the carbon fibre inserts or insoles in the shoe to make the forefoot stiffer and have a reduced range of motion of that big toe joint. These carbon fibre inserts are about 1.5mm thick and take up next to no room in the footwear.
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FootStore.au has the carton fibre inserts or insoles that are useful for turf toe.