Plantar Plate injury

What is Plantar Plates?

The plantar Plates are a tough fibrous plate that lines the bottom of the joint capsule at the metatarsal phalangeal joints (ball of foot area). See diagram below. These plates are very important for the integrity of these joints and if they become overstretched/ elongated or even torn they can allow the toe to sit in a more raise position.


Chronic forefoot pain from overuse or acute incident characterised by swelling and pain on push off. Often a toe that sits upward from others can be a signal that the plantar plate of that toe joint may be injured

Lower Extremity group treatment

  1. Foot strengthening exercises especially those directed to the toes are essential as the muscles that stabilise this area will need to be very strong

  2. Offloading the affected area with padding

  3. Taping the toe with a ribbon method of taping

  4. Stiff soled shoes help to reduce the flexion of the toe area during push off

  5. Orthotics may help also

  6. We provide a complete online program of 12 consecutive weeks of instructions on how to conservatively

  7. manage this injury

  8. We provide a network of therapists that can chat remotely via our Telehealth services to guide you

If you have these symptoms book in today for an appointment

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