Expert insights on treating plantar plate tears

Over the years, there have been many names for plantar plate tears, including crossover toe deformity, hammertoe, metatarsalgia, predislocation syndrome and metatarsophalangeal joint instability. This is mainly due to the lack of understanding and appropriate workup of this common problem. The main cause of the problem seems to be an abnormally high level of pressure on the associated MPJ region, resulting in strain and subsequent tear to the plantar plate region.

Over the years, there have been many names for plantar plate tears, including crossover toe deformity, hammertoe, metatarsalgia, predislocation syndrome and metatarsophalangeal joint instability. This is mainly due to the lack of understanding and appropriate workup of this common problem. The main cause of the problem seems to be an abnormally high level of pressure on the associated MPJ region, resulting in strain and subsequent tear to the plantar plate region.

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Expert insights on treating plantar plate tears