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#559 Does a crooked toe mean plantar plate surgery in a runner?

A great question I got from someone recently who had a plantar plate injury and the toe was a little bit crooked. His question was, “Do I really need to have surgery if my toe is crooked? Is that a good indicator of whether or not I need plantar plate surgery just because the toe is sitting out of position a little bit?” I thought it might be helpful to explain when it might actually be necessary to have surgery and when it might not be necessary to have surgery. Does a crooked toe mean you have to have surgery for a plantar plate injury? That’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run podcast.

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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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#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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#522 How long until a plantar plate sprain is completely healed?

I just got off the phone with a runner who had a plantar plate sprain. He was out on a run, he got a plantar plate sprain. I saw him, I helped him understand what to do and what I showed him to do was exactly the same stuff I show you in the plantar plate sprain course. He was doing much better, but he had a great question. His question was, “When is my plantar plate sprain really healed enough that I don’t have to worry about it anymore?” 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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#513 Should a runner have surgery for a plantar plate tear?

If you are a runner with a plantar plate injury, it is pretty easy for a doctor to make a convincing sales pitch on surgery. There are a couple of reasons that you should consider surgery for a plantar plate sprain. The first reason surgery makes sense is you tried everything else and nothing non-surgical will work. But you have to be honest about your non-surgical attempts. Here are some examples I often hear from injured runners.” I used the fracture boot a little bit, but had to take it off to drive. “I “sort of taped the toe.” I used some pads, “but I’m not sure if they are in the right spot. “You have to be honest with yourself about those treatments before you can say that you failed those treatments. that. But when you have clearly failed all of the non-surgical treatments and you cannot get better, then and only then does surgery makes sense. Should a runner have surgery for a plantar plate injury? 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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