Toe injury on the trail.
Tony Salinaro, Antioch, CA
A tendon tear or possible fracture needs to be ruled out first. The inability to toe off warrants a detailed examination and radiographs. Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend any further running until you are evaluated.
Jerry Katz, DPM, Randallstown, MD
My concern with your lack of "toe off" is injury to the flexor tendons, which push down on the big toe. Check the strength of the toe by pushing it down against your hand, then compare it to the right big toe. You can also put the joint through its range of motion (without resistance) and compare that to the other foot. If all is equal without pain, you can gradually return to running at pre-injury intensity. After runs, I would ice the toe for 10 minutes. If these tests reveal that the toe isn't functioning properly, certainly seek medical attention.
Robert Hallivis, DPM, Annandale, VA
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