Originally Posted by CloakNNNdagger
Something that bothers me a great deal is that if he had a grade 2 turf toe and at is pretty well confirmed that it is at least that, shooting him up and taping his toe, and sending him back out there again is not how you treat this injury. Taping of a toe alone does not protect an acutely injured toe from additional trauma. With this injury, you are told that not availing it to appropriate timely treatment, either immediately or later in the rehab can cause, not only prolonged recovery, but also extension of the injury leading to permanent damage of the joint.
A "bad" turf toe is nothing to fool around with. Significant disability can occur with damage to structures of the 1st MTP joint complex. A study of NFL players including ALL of those with turf toe clearly demonstrated that 50% had persistent symptoms after 5 years. Possible long term effects included failure to regain push-off strength.
Surgery is also indicated when conservative treatment fails – evidenced by persistant pain with pushing-off, cutting, or pivoting. Athletes are usually able to return to sport 3-4 months after surgery, but it may be 6-12 months before pre-injury level of function is achieved........and as we all know some players at that point never come back.
This is not meant to be a discouraging post, but I have to question why our elite LT was not removed from the game and taken for imaging studies to establish a solid diagnosis prior to exposing him to added potentially very counterproductive trauma. If he needed a boot AFTER the game by the next day....... after which he had the necessary evaluation, he certainly needed it immediately AFTER the injury. The commonly used phrase around here, "We're going to play it 'smart' with him" begs for a definition of "smart.
You are assuming that he came out because of the turf toe injury when it is possible
that he left the game for a different injury and the turf toe problem came later in the game.