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A 18-year-old male asked:

how do you treat turf toe?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Rest, immobilization: Rest, splinting/taping toe. Ice, heat, antiinflammatory medications.
Dr. Clark Pillsbury
Podiatry 34 years experience
Stabilize It: The big toe is bent upwards with turf toe. One would need to keep it from bending with a surgical shoe and tape for about 6 weeks to get the best chance of healing. It may take up to one year before it does not hurt as soft tissue injuries are slow to heal.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Turftoe plates: Are a good idea. You slide them in most shoes and they work by not allowing bending of the joints between the toes and metatartsals.
Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Rest/ immobilize: Ice and anti-inflammatory medications may help control the pain. Unfortunately the best treatment for turf toe is rest. In severe cases, the use of crutches and complete avoidance of weight bearing may be required.  you may also wish to look into a rigid insert to immobilize the joint. ((www.Drmarkgalland.Com 10/16/2012).

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It's normal: Baby feet are chubby and flat. The arch does not really develop until about 3 years of age.
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What is the treatment for club feet?

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Usually surgery: True club feet is usually treated with surgery. There's also a system of using casts, that's less-well established as therapy but in some centers it's used. Your child needs to be eval'ed by a pediatric orthopedist with specific expertise in this area.
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Can a doc fix a broken toe after 5yrs of it being broken?

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Dr. Alan Ettinger
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Are high-arches of the feet advantageous in any way?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Not really: But i did hear once ( not confirmed) that many elite tennis players have high arched feet. So you can try your luck at tennis.
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How long does it generally take an arthritic foot to fuse? Its been five years so far that's its been trying to fuse.

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Maybe never: A arthritic joint will tend to have less range of motion and more stiffness but will not necessarily fuse. Surgery is normally required to fuse a joint. There are are other treatments for arthritis in the foot depending on the location, symptoms and function. See a podiatrist for evaulation and discussion of treatment options.

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