Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Billy Turner, who is battling Daryn Colledge for the starting left guard position, is currently battling a turf toe injury. This is according to Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel, who broke the news on Twitter in nonchalant fashion on Friday.
According to WebMD, here is the description of how one suffers a turf toe injury: When you are walking or running, you start each subsequent step by raising your heel and letting your body weight come forward onto the ball of your foot. At a certain point you propel yourself forward by "pushing off" of your big toe and allowing your weight to shift to the other foot. If the toe for some reason stays flat on the ground and doesn't lift to push off, you run the risk of suddenly injuring the area around the joint. Or if you are tackled or fall forward and the toe stays flat, the effect is the same as if you were sitting and bending your big toe back by hand beyond its normal limit, causing hyperextension of the toe. That hyperextension, repeated over time or with enough sudden force, can -- cause a sprain in the ligaments that surround the joint.
The most common symptoms of turf toe include pain, swelling, and limited joint movement at the base of one big toe. The symptoms develop slowly and gradually get worse over time if it’s caused by repetitive injury. If it’s caused by a sudden forceful motion, the injury can be painful immediately and worsen within 24 hours. Sometimes when the injury occurs, a "pop" can be felt. Usually the entire joint is involved, and toe movement is limited.
Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery can take a few days to a few weeks. However, everyone is different and football players are crazy, so it's possible Turner just might try to fight through all of the pain to earn a starting spot on the offensive line.