If you are a runner struggling with a plantar plate sprain, it is probably going to be extremely frustrating trying to get it to heal so you can get back to running.
The plantar plate a very small ligament. It does not have a great blood supply. Every time you take a step, you put pressure on the plantar plate. Every time your heel comes up off the ground when you walk, you stretch the plantar plate.
Because it is so difficult to heal, runners typically have frustrating setbacks.
That state of discouragement makes it pretty easy for a doctor to talk you into plantar plate surgery.
When should a runner just give up and have plantar plate surgery for a plantar plate sprain?
Well, that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.View Details »
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.
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.
What can x-rays show you about a plantar plate sprain?View Details »
If you’re a runner who has had aching pain in the ball of the foot you may have been diagnosed with a plantar plate sprain or a plantar plate tear. Or maybe you were told you had a plantar plate rupture.
The most important factor to a runner is how quickly you can heal the plantar plate injury and get back to running.
The chances are good your doctor didn’t really discuss this component of your treatment plan.
When you get a plantar plate injury many doctors will simply tell you to stop running and let it heal.
That plan can take months.
If you’re a runner with a plantar plate injury you need to understand the differences between the terms used to describe the condition so you can better understand what you need to do to heal and get back to running.
Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about the difference between a plantar plates sprain vs. a tear vs. a rupture when you are a runner.View Details »