Features October 2019 Issue

Don't Ignore Ball-of-Foot Pain

Plantar Plate Tear Causes: - Structural. A bunion or crossover deformity (when one toe crosses over the adjacent one) can put added pressure under the foot. - Traumatic. A sudden injury from tripping, falling or kicking your toe can cause the plantar plate to tear. - Chronic, repetitive stress. With age, the plantar plate can wear down and be susceptible to tearing.

Don't Ignore Ball-of-Foot Pain

A tear in the stabilizing structure underneath the foot is a common cause of pain in the ball of the foot.

The plantar plate is a fibrous structure underneath the foot that supports and stabilizes the joints between the toe bones and the bones of the foot. (These are the metatarsophalangeal joints [MPJ].) The plantar plate, which is made of collagen, consists of bands that provide attachments for ligaments that go to each toe and that go between toes. These keep toes straight (preventing them from drifting up) and also in alignment (preventing the toes from separating).

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