Plantar Plate Injury is one of the most common causes of pain experienced in the ball of the foot. The plantar plate is a thick ligament structure on the ball of the foot that provides stability to the toe, cushions the foot during weight-bearing activities and helps bring the toe to the floor when standing.
This condition is most often experienced by mature-aged women whose feet tend to roll in. Most people make a full recovery within a few months.
The most common causes of Plantar Plate Injury are:
Plantar plate injuries often result in ongoing pain and swelling in the ball of the foot that can extend towards the toes. This pain is likely to persist despite changes to footwear and lifestyle adjustments. Other common symptoms of this condition include:
Your podiatrist will diagnose a Plantar Plate Injury by checking your health history and performing a Biomechanical Assessment during which your movement will be studied. An X-ray, MRI or ultrasound may be recommended.
If a Plantar Plate Injury is not treated adequately, there is a risk the condition can become chronic with a chance of deformity.Dan Everson Podiatry suggests one or more of the following treatments methods:
Dan Everson Podiatry recommends the following activities to help prevent a Plantar Plate Injury: