MRI findings of acute turf toe. A case report and review of anatomy

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1994 Jul;(304):200-3.


Normal anatomy of the metatarsophalangeal joint of the hallux has been well described. However, the pathologic anatomy of turf toe, a common injury among football and rugby players, has not been documented in detail. Magnetic resonance images (MRI) of a classic case of turf toe were examined and the findings were compared with MRI of a normal specimen and correlated with known features of gross anatomy. MRI findings confirmed that turf toe involves a sprain or tear of the plantar metatarsophalangeal joint capsule.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / pathology*
  • Football / injuries
  • Hallux / injuries*
  • Hallux / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Joint Capsule / injuries
  • Joint Capsule / pathology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Rupture
  • Sprains and Strains / pathology