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Plantar Plate Laxity/Tears

Injuring your foot can be a frustrating experience. Whether it happens over time or suddenly, it’s important to have someone to turn to when it does happen. Having foot pain can cause you a plethora of issues in simply handling day-to-day tasks. When you’re dealing with a possible plantar plate laxity/tears, it’s time to turn to Mill Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic.

We’ve been helping to restore normal, pain-free walking to our patients for years. We work to diagnose the issue, find a personalized treatment plan, and get you back to normal as soon as possible.

What is This Tear?

The plantar plate is a strong ligament in the foot that helps to keep the toes in their proper place. When an injury occurs to this area, the plantar ligament is torn and can cause the toes to change from their normal position.

How Does This Happen?

One of the most common causes of this injury is a huge overload of pressure on the MPJ joint of the foot. These typically happen over time, but they can happen abruptly in certain instances, such as sports.

The main symptom people notice is that the toe has changed position when this tear happens. There’s also a sharp pain in the ball of the foot, or you may experience a dull ache.

Treatment Options

Our team will go over the options with you that could treat the condition you’re suffering from. We have several non-surgical options, such as strapping the toe in place, ice, and rest. Also, surgery may be needed if the area doesn’t heal and is most likely the best option.

If you need to discuss plantar plate laxity/tears, be sure to call our office today at (425) 482-6663.