Plantar Plate Tear Exercises
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A Plantar Plate Tear results from an overload of the Plantar Plate which is based on the ball of your foot. The Plantar Plate is a strong ligament that connects the 2-5th toes, but when it becomes injured, it can compromise the stability of the toes of the foot. The main treatment options for a Plantar Plate Tear are the correct shoes, taping and Physical Therapy. As a Foot Specialist, we have extensive experience in shoe recommendations for Plantar Plate Tears and this article will provide our recommendations of the best shoes for a Plantar Plate Tear and a recommendation for a walker boot.
James McCormack is a Physical Therapist specialising in knee, foot & ankle injuries. www.james-mccormack.com participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. The money earned from this helps us to create free educational content.
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The best shoes for a Plantar Plate Tear should have a rocker bottom sole, wide toe box and low drop height. A stiff rocker bottom sole is the most important aspect as it reduces the amount of extension available to the toes while the wide toe box prevents compression of the toes; both of these factors facilitate recovery from a Plantar Plate Tear. The low drop height reduces the amount of pressure on the forefoot when standing and slows the speed of weight transfer onto the forefoot when walking or running.
We recommend the Hoka Carbon X 3 due to its carbon fibre plate, CMEVA sole and wide fit.
The carbon fibre plate provides adequate stiffness to protect a Plantar Plate Tear while the wide fit prevents compression of the toe within the toe box of the shoe.
The CMEVA cushioning helps to absorb impact when walking or running.Buy Hoka Carbon X3 on Amazon
We recommend the ASICS GlideRide Running Shoes for daily wear and running if you have a Plantar Plate Tear due to the rocker bottom sole, wide fit and 5mm heel drop.
As a rocker bottom shoe, the GlideRide facilitates a normal push-off when walking without requiring full toe extension. The wide fit prevents compression within the shoe.
The 5mm heel drop reduces pressure on the forefoot when standing and delays the speed of weight transfer to the forefoot when walking or running.Buy Asics GlideRide On Amazon
If you have been recommended to purchase a medical boot for a Plantar Plate Tear by your consultant, then we recommend the United Ortho Short Air Boot.
It has a square toe box that allows your toes to spread.
The footbed is stiff to prevent toe extension, while there is a rocker sole to facilitate a normal walking pattern,Buy United Ortho Boot on Amazon
This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly.