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Turf Toe Taping

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Posted 4 weeks ago


by James McCormack

Turf Toe is an irritation or sprain of the ligaments of the big toe that results from hyperextension. Turf Toe injury occurs most often in sports requiring sprinting and quick direction change, especially on hard surfaces. We explain the symptoms, causes and diagnosis in another detailed article.

Taping is one of the most effective forms of treatment for Turf toe. In this article, we will share our step-by-step guide on performing Turf Toe taping quickly and safely. We have created a video demonstration with James on his youtube channel, the Irish Physio’s. 

Turf Toe Taping 

Step-by-Step Taping Guide:

Step 1: We use zinc oxide tape, approximately 3.8-centimetre thickness, to wrap around the foot. Before beginning, ensure you have 2 strips of 3.8cm tape and cut some strips in half, lengthways to go around the big toe. 

Step 2: Wrap the 3.5 cm zinc oxide tape around the width of the foot, approximately 2 cm below the big toe joint. This will be known as our anchor. It’s essential to avoid applying too much tension, as this could restrict blood supply.

Step 3: Ask the patient to spread their toes. This position allows for the optimal application of the tape.

Step 4: On the underside of the foot, place a strip of the cut tape on top of the anchor, in line with the inner aspect of the big toe. Bring the tape up and diagonally across to the outer aspect of the big toe, around the top of the big toe, before crossing back over the upward aspect to create a ribbon shape and attach it back onto your anchor. 

Step 5: Reinforce the taping by applying a second piece of tape in the same cross pattern. Each time make sure the tape is not too tight so it doesn’t restrict blood flow to the toe. 

Turf Toe Taping with arrow diagram

Step 6: Securing the Tape Wrap the tape around the foot, locking it over the initial anchor. Press each piece down securely to ensure it stays in place.

Step 7: Checking the tape. It is crucial to monitor the taped area, particularly around the big toe. Make sure the tape isn’t too tight and isn’t cutting off the blood supply. The patient should keep an eye on the toe to ensure it doesn’t become discoloured or swollen.

Medical Disclaimer: The information provided in this article and accompanying video is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments.

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