Derrick Rose has turf toe

According to’s Nick Friedell: “Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose revealed after practice Tuesday that he has been dealing with turf toe in his left big toe since last season. Rose believes the injury happened some time during last season’s playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.”

Derrick isn’t expected to miss any time. Thankfully.

Said Rose: “I don’t even know how you get turf toe. I just know that my big toe hurts, and [the Bulls medical staff] said it was turf toe. … You can’t bend your toe at all. I thought it was jammed, but talking to the trainers, it was turf toe. … It’s there forever now. My left big toe, it’s there forever now so that’s going to be an injury I’m going to have for a long time.”

Eh, it shouldn’t last forever. Assuming Rose receives treatment.

According to WebMD: “Turf toe is a sprain to the ligaments around the big toe joint, which works primarily as a hinge to permit up and down motion. Just behind the big toe joint in the ball of your foot are two pea-shaped bones embedded in the tendon that moves your big toe. Called sesamoids, these bones work like a pulley for the tendon and provide leverage when you walk or run. They also absorb the weight that presses on the ball of the foot.”

Additionally, eMedicine lists the following possible complications: “Joint stiffness or persistent pain, especially with running, is the most common complication. Loss of push-off strength, hallux rigidus, traumatic bunion deformity, cock-up deformity, arthrofibrosis, and loose joint bodies also may occur.”

Obviously, the “loss of push-off strength” concerns me the most, since that’s a key element of Derrick’s game.

According to both eMedicine and WebMD, turf toe is usually treated with rest and rehab (icing, foot elevation, anti-inflammatory medicine and range-of-motion exercises). Rose won’t be getting much rest, but I assume his rehab will be consistent and extensive. Furthermore, athletes usually need to tape the toe and use customized footwear. In a worst-case scenario, surgery may be required.

And permenant damage — increased pain, limping, etc. — can result from improper treatment.

Honestly, I’m not sure how concerned to be about this injury. I had turf toe a year or so back. I took a month off, rehabbed and I’ve been symptom free ever since. Rose isn’t going to get a month off until next summer, which means his symptoms are likely to persist all season. How seriously will that affect his game?

I guess we’re going to find out.


7 Responses to Derrick Rose has turf toe

    Chuck November 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    Hopefully Rose will decline the AS invite (or request not to play much) so he can rest up and get healthy. Turf toe seems to be an extremely common injury that people usually play through unless it gets really bad. There is no way on gods green earth that the Bulls can afford to bench Rose to get him 100% while Boozer is out. They would be Timberwolves bad. I don’t see this effecting his offensive game much, however this could explain some of his defensive problems.

    Brad S. November 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Forget “loss of push-off strength”, I would be much more concerned with whatever “cock-up deformity” means!!!

    inkybreath November 11, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    A little props to the Great Wall:

    In 42 minutes against a good Rocket team…

    19pts, 10 reb, 13 ast, 6 steals, 1 blk, 1 turnover

    Shot 50% from 2 & 3.


    Adrian November 12, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    I play soccer at the collegiate level, and battled with turf toe the past two seasons, As long as your practicing and playing games on a regular basis, its not gonna go away, It gets better some weeks, worse the next week, but it really doesn’t hinder your performance, you take a little longer to warm up, and you will be in pain when your done playing. The point is it really doesn’t effect your speed or anything, all your power comes from your legs, it just hurts when you have time to pay attention to it; like after a game or walking during the day.

    As far as recovery is concerned If you take 2-3 weeks off and don’t run or anything it without any treatment it really subsides, and it can go away completely, but it can also come back when you start playing again.

    Its just something he will have to deal with, like I have, its not a big deal, it doesn’t effect your performance, its just painful and annoying mostly when your not playing… pop a few advil or tylenol hop on the court and start dunk on bitches. GO BULLS D-Rose for MIP 10-11, and MVP 11-12

    Justin November 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    Rose is a tough kid, I’m sure he’ll play through it if the staff doesn’t shut him down. My concern is that he’ll play through it and they’ll shut him down around the time the Bulls are jostling for playoff positioning

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