According to HoustonTexans.com Steve Slaton’s strained toe has been diagnosed as turf toe. Turf toe has typically put an unbearable crutch on runners in the NFL, almost always inhibiting them below “100%” on the field. For Slaton, he remains positive that he’ll be ready Week 1 at Reliant Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts:
“It’ll get better. It’s not too, too bad. I’ll be ready. It’ll heal with treatment. (I’ve got) plenty of time.”
According to Orthopedics.about.com, Turf toe is a condition of pain at the base of the big toe, located at the ball of the foot. Turf toe is usually caused from either jamming the toe, or pushing off repeatedly when running or jumping. The most common complaint is pain at the base of the toe, but patients may also have symptoms of stiffness and swelling.