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#549 What is primary repair plantar plate ligament surgery?

What exactly is primary repair of the planter plate? Well, that’s a surgery where we actually go in and sew it back together. We fix it. We repair it. We do something to actually make it strong and hopefully heal again, so you can get back to running. But we’re going to talk about three different methods for actually doing that and some of them are kind of similar. They’re different approaches and they have different risks and benefits. Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about three different techniques for primary repair plantar plate ligament surgery.

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#547 Why bone surgery for Plantar Plate Repair

I have talked about this before in other episodes where you basically have four kinds of structures that you could consider having surgery on. You could have bone surgery, you could have ligament surgery, tendon surgery, or joint surgery and of course, when you have an injury to only the ligament, the plantar plate ligament, you might be wondering why in the world would the doctor want to do surgery on the bone as well? Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about why you might need bone surgery for a plantar plate ligament repair.

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#524 3 Ways Plantar Plate Injuries occur in runners

Today’s episode actually comes from a question sent in by Shay. She said, “I have a plantar plate complete tear and I had surgery on my left foot in October 2019. So that was a couple years ago. I’m running with some new issues in the right calf, but the main thing I want to learn is how this injury occurs. I’m really afraid of it happening to my right foot. “I talk to injured runners all the time. I lecture at medical conferences, teaching doctors what I do with runners who have these plantar plate injuries and Shay is reasonable to be concerned about this. Today on the Doc On the Run podcast, we’re talking about the three ways plantar plate injuries occur in runners.

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#520 Why do plantar plate sprains take so long to heal in a runner?

One of the worst injuries you can actually get if you’re a runner is a plantar plate ligament sprain.
The plantar plate ligament is a very small ligament on the bottom of the foot, where the toe attaches to the metatarsal phalangeal joint, right at the ball of the foot.
These can happen for lots of different reasons but it’s a very small structure and the unfortunate reality is, is that every single time that you stand, you’re stepping on the ligament.
Why do plantar plate sprains take so long to heal? Well, that’s a great question and that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run podcast.

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#502 Is it okay to run before I get MRI of plantar plate sprain?

I often get questions from runners and this is actually a common one that I get from runners when they have either enrolled in the plantar plate sprain treatment course for runners, or if they’ve signed up to do an individual webcam consultation. Everybody seems to think that an MRI will give you a crystal clear image of what’s going on inside your body and in some sense, that’s true. It is amazing, the amount of detail you can get when you get an MRI. However, you have to remember that the plantar plate ligament is a very small structure and when you get an MRI, it doesn’t necessarily show everything. Is it okay to run before I get an MRI of a plantar plate sprain? That’s a great question and that’s what we’re talking about today on Doc On The Run Podcast.

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#419 Can I do leg presses with a plantar plate sprain?

This episode comes from a question actually from a YouTube comment on one of the plantar plate videos in there, on the Doc On The Run channel and the question was, “Can I do leg presses with a plantar plate sprain?”
This is actually a great question. It seems really simple, but it’s not that straight forward.
It’s really key that you maintain your running fitness when you get an injury that takes a long time to heal like a plantar plate sprain.
Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about whether or not you can do leg presses with a plantar plate sprain.

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#377 Does plantar plate sprain cause tight calves

A plantar plate ligament sprain can cause aching pain in the ball of the foot when you run.

Plantar plate sprains are caused by excess stress applied to the ligament at the base of the toe. 

If you want to heal it and keep running, you have to decrease the stress and strain on the plantar plate, and address the root cause of the injury.

A runner with a plantar plate sprain, and tight calf muscles, had a great question:

Does the plantar plate ligament cause tight calf muscles, or can a tight calf muscle cause a plantar plate sprain?

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about whether a plantar plate sprain causes tight calf muscles in runners, or other way around.

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#371 What is thinning of the plantar plate ligament on MRI?

Just a couple of days ago I was doing a telemedicine call with a runner who wanted to know what it meant to have “thinning of the plantar plate ligament on his MRI.
He asked, “What does ‘thinning’ really mean? Do I really have a plantar plate tear? Is it a problem? Will I be able to continue to run?”
“What is the issue with this idea of thinning of the plantar plate ligament, and why does it happen?”
Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about thinning of the plantar plate ligament on an MRI in a runner.

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#346 Can x-rays show a plantar plate injury?

What can x-rays show you about a plantar plate sprain?

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