Plantar Plate Tear

Plantar plate tear is described the pain and swelling in the ball of foot, commonly affecting the 2nd toe joint. The plantar plate is to protection the ball of the foot from pressure and prevent from over extending toes. It tends to affect middle-age women who have pronated feet. It also related to hammer toes and bunions.

Symptoms:Plantar Plate Tear

  • Localized pain under the ball of feet
  • Pain aggravated when bend the affected toe
  • Swelling on the top of foot

Risk Factors:

  • Poor biomechanics (eg. excessive pronation)
  • Excessive forefoot loading
  • Longer 2nd metatarsal bone


The podiatrists at toe-tal may diagnose the condition through clinical tests (including A-P drawer test) and biomechanical assessment, and go through all the necessary treatments listed below to help get you on the right path.  As it is complex anatomical region, if necessary, further investigations such as ultrasound and MRI are required to assess the severity of the condition.


  1. REST until all pain has resolved (could become permanent damage) – talk to Podiatrist about when you can return to activity (will be gradual and initially activity may be modified)
  2. Plantar flexion strapping of the digit
  3. Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain, maximum 7 days
  4. Accommodative padding to offload area
  5. Orthotic therapy
  6. Wear stiff-soled or rocker- bottom shoes
  7. Correct biomechanics
  8. Corticosteroid injection
  9. Surgery to repair tear

Contact Us.

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Salisbury Medical Centre
PH: 3277 1621 - Fax: 3277 2887

 ACE Sports Medicine – Hibiscus Sports Complex
PH: 3349 5733 - Fax: 3349 5122

 Acacia Ridge Day And Night Chemmart Pharmacy
PH: 3277 4220 - Fax: 3255 5644

 Brisbane Medical Specialists – Tarragindi
PH: 3184 0400 - Fax: 3892 7094

 Morningside General Practice Clinics – Morningside Plaza
PH: 3399 4685 - Fax: 3395 7377

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