Plantar Plate surgery Archives - DOC

#865 3 mistakes runners make that lead to plantar plate surgery

I know. You don’t want plantar plate surgery.

But if your plantar plate ligament doesn’t repair itself, or your doctor doesn’t help it repair itself, you might get talked into surgery.

If you have plantar plate repair surgery, you may spend a lot less time running over the weeks following surgery…because you have to let it heal.

There are really three mistakes that I see runners make when they’ve had a plantar plate injury. This episode will help you avoid them.

What are 3 big mistakes runners make that lead to plantar plate surgery?

Well, that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.

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#863 Plantar plate surgery is a failure to act quickly

Most of the runners I see who have pain in the ball of the foot from a plantar plate sprain rarely start out with a completely torn plantar plate tear.

More often, runners ignore the pain from the plantar plate sprain and it evolves into a full thickness plantar plate tear.

Surgery is only needed when the plantar plate is torn in such a way that the plantar plate ligament cannot be expected to heal without surgery.

But there are some mistakes that could lead a runner to the operating room.

Plantar plate surgery is a failure to act quickly.

That’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.

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#793 When should I give in and have plantar plate surgery?

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.

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