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Posts Tagged ‘sprained plantar plate’

What is a plantar plate tear?  How do I know if I have one?  The metatarsal pads the doctor gave me hurt worse than the injury!  I tried PRP it did not work!  My doctor is recommending a cast, do I need that? What is a plantar plate tear?   A plantar plate is a […]

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Plantar Plate sprains are commonly misdiagnosed and mismanaged by doctors that are either inexperienced, incompetent or simply do not care to take the extra steps to help the patient.  Plantar Plate tears/sprains are most often misdiagnosed as Morton’s Neuroma which results in mismanagement of the condition and thus worsening of it.  This is problematic because […]

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End Stage of a torn Plantar Plate viewed by X-ray

I recently interviewed a new patient who had a 3 month history of pain in the ball of her foot near where the second toe meets the foot.   In anatomy speak we call this the Metatarsal region.  She struggled with this pain and eventually saw a podiatrist who told her she probably had Capsulitis and […]

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Torn Plantar Plate feels like you are stepping on a Nail, sharp rock, marble...

Torn Plantar Plate feels like you are  stepping on a nail, sharp rock, marble…. I apologize for the length of this email; I’m really at my wits end here. I am 30 years old, 6’2″ 165 lbs. I started running in August 2012, slowly building mileage until in the summer of 2013 I was running […]

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A person recently wrote to me “The pain has been present in the ball of my foot, near my second toe for at least 6 months but I have just put it down to tired feet as I run a lot and don’t sit down much. It has just become very painful over the past […]

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I recently had two different patients that I consulted with regarding their debilitating foot pain.  They both had similar issues but with a remarkably different medical history.  Both of them had been, in my opinion, completely underserved, misdiagnosed and given medical opinions that made absolutely no sense.  In fact, the opinions they received were contrary […]

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I examined a patient yesterday who had severe metatarsal pain.  She went to her primary MD and received a diagnosis of metatarsalgia (metatarsal means the bones that form the “palm” area in your foot, “Algia” means pain).  So she went to her primary MD with foot pain and he regurgitated back to her in Latin….”you […]

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It is amazing to me that more foot specialists are not familiar with how to treat a runner with ball of foot pain.  It could be either Metatarsalgia, Morton’s Neuroma or a Sprained Plantar Plate when a runners presents with pain beneath their second or third toe.  The pain can be anywhere from mild to […]

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