Taping Tuesday: Turf Toe

When a metatarsophalangeal joint sprain occurs in the big toe, it is deemed a “turf toe” injury.  This occurs when there is hyperextension of the toe wither from an acute jam of the digit or overuse of the joint from repetitive pushing off.  It is a very common injury in football players due to the artificial turf causing feet to stick easier and leading to jamming of the big toe.

Two to three weeks is a typical recovery period for turf toe, with constant ice, elevation, and compression of the joint as typical treatment.  Kinesiotape can aid in speeding up the healing time.  Due to the nature of the joint, a modified approach is taken to taping it.  A thin, shorter strip of tape first wraps around the joint, followed by a longer, thin strip that stabilizes the toe from the bottom of the foot.

Guinness World Record for Largest Video Game Collection is… Yours?

If you’ve ever dreamed of being an official Guinness World Record holder, now’s your chance.  Michael Thomasson has the current distinction of having the World Record for largest video game archive  but is now selling his entire collection including the actual Guinness certificate.  There are over 11,000 games in this auction, ranging from old school systems such as Atari 2600 to mainstream favorites like the SNES and the much derided Virtual Boy.

There are 21 systems for which their entire U.S. library of games are included and 14 other systems that are near complete sets.  All told, the value of this impressive archive is between $700,000 to $800,000.  Visit this link for more information on this vast collection including the complete list of all the games.

The actual auction went live on Wednesday, June 4 and will run until Sunday, June 15.  Starting bid was $1, but that did not last long and as of this post, after 12 bidders the current price is $50,000.  Good luck!

Taping Tuesday: Ball of Foot

Staying in the lower extremities, this week we examine taping options for pain felt in the ball of the foot, right behind the toes.  This area usually produces pain as a result of overuse, improper or worn out footwear, weight gain, and nerve issues.  It is important to help stabilize and support the balls of the feet because they are utilized during the toe-off portion of the gait cycle, or when you push off the toes to engage in forward motion.

KT Tape instructs us to use two smaller pieces of tape with their ends rounded off for increased longevity along with a regular strip of tape that runs the length of the bottom of the foot.