A plantar plate tear is a pretty prevalent problem which causes pain beneath the ball of the foot. It is considered the end phase of a stress on the ligament underneath the joint which moves on to a tear when there is no treatment used. The reason behind this condition is simply overuse. If that ligament under the joint get used too much with higher activity amounts, then it may to begin with become painful after which progress to a tear. The symptoms are typically beneath and in front of the metatarsal head underneath the ball of the foot. The symptoms are made worse with larger amounts of activity.
The easiest method to treat a plantar plate tear is by using taping to plantarflex the toe in a plantarflexed placement and so the load is removed from the ligament and it is given an opportunity to get better. It is usually a bit bothersome to keep strapping the toe everyday which may take months to fully recover. Because of this, there are a variety of different kinds of splints that you can use. They might be not quite as beneficial as the taping, but they could be more than effective if strapping is used during the early stages. This will have to be continued for a few months to get a good result. Orthotics in the footwear with metatarsal pads may also be used to help secure the toe plantarflexed. If weightbearing is painful, then pads on the insole can be used to maintain weight of the painful spot and at least that will make it bearable while healing is taking place. In most cases this can help. Sometimes some anti-inflammatory medications as well as the use of ice may be needed if it gets too painful may be needed. If this strategy doesn't work, then surgical interventions ought to be considered to repair the tear, but a majority of instances of a plantar plate tear do heal on their own.