On a Saturday recently SoldierFit hosted a tournament called Mission Submission, which included different disciplines of Martial Arts to showcase their abilities. They are known to be the Greatest Grappling Tournament in the DMV area!
Common Injuries of Grappling?
Overtime the constant jamming or micro-trauma to the big toe joint (1st metatarsalphalangeal joint (1st MPJ)) can turn into Turf Toe, yes even though grappling usually occurs on mats. The term Turf Toe originated from football players wearing their flexible cleats, allowing their big toe to jam into their 1st metatarsal head, at each push off for a tackle or a sprint. With each hyperextension of their 1st MPJ it causes micro-trauma to the joint, resulting in chronic painful movement down the line.
Hallux Limitus/Hallus Rigidus
Turf Toe official term is Hallux Limitus/Hallus Rigidus (HL/HR). You might start complaining of a painful big toe, with a constant aching, dull, and/or throbbing pain. This pain could result from some acute trauma or a repetitive micro-trauma, such as pushing off the mat while preparing for Mission Submission grappling tourney. You might experience decrease range of motion (up and down motion) in your big toe joint.
Conservative treatment options for hallux limitus/hallux rigidus are orthotics, rocker bottom soled shoes, NSAIDs or intra-articular corticosteroid injections. There are also multiple surgical options for HL/HR that can be discussed and scheduled with anyone of your wonderful doctors.
If you or someone you know might be interest in discussing more about your hallux limitus or hallux rigidus, come into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD.