turf toe

noun

Definition of turf toe 

: a minor but painful usually sports-related injury typically involving hyperextension of the big toe that results in spraining or tearing of the ligaments at the joint between the metatarsal and basal phalanx

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But Dunn, who missed his third straight game with turf toe that is protected by a walking boot on Wednesday night, averaged 14.9 points and 8 assists in December. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Nothing has changed Bulls' projection of Kris Dunn as point guard of future," 21 Mar. 2018 Dunn remains in a walking boot to protect turf toe in his right big toe. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls short-handed again for game against Nuggets," 21 Mar. 2018 Both have been sidelined since March 15 with left knee tendinitis (LaVine) and turf toe (Dunn). K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls shut down Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn for the season," 2 Apr. 2018 Webster says his son suffered a cracked bone one foot and a back injury, while dealing with turf toe and cramping issues. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Malik Newman's March Metamorphosis Was Only a Matter of Time," 30 Mar. 2018 But turf toe sidelined Fluker for the final six games of the season. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "D.J. Fluker changes teams in NFL free agency," 20 Mar. 2018 The senior guard hasn't been at 100% while dealing with a turf toe injury, but he's been a warrior and the spark plug during the Red Raiders' advancement. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "NCAA tournament Sweet 16: Most important players for every March Madness team," 20 Mar. 2018 Star senior Keenan Evans enters the tournament at less than 100% after mid-February turf toe issues, and Texas Tech’s ability to support its stellar defense with offensive production takes a big hit when Evans isn’t right. Eric Single, SI.com, "Six Top-Seeded Teams in the Most Danger of Losing Early in the 2018 NCAA Tournament," 13 Mar. 2018 Deion Sanders famously suffered a turf toe injury during the 1998 seasons that hobbled him in his final year and a half with the Cowboys, and despite multiple surgeries, Primetime still can’t feel one of his toes on his left foot. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Deion Sanders shows off the horrific damage football did to his toe," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of turf toe

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for turf toe

from the occurrence of the injury among athletes who play on artificial turf

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turf toe

noun
\ ˈtərf- \

Medical Definition of turf toe 

: a minor but painful usually sports-related injury involving hyperextension of the big toe that results in spraining or tearing of the ligament of the metatarsophalangeal joint

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