A plantar plate tear is a relatively common problem which causes pain beneath the ball of the foot. It is considered the last stage of a stress on the ligament under the joint which advances to a tear when there is no treatment used. The reason behind this disorder is merely overuse. If that ligament underneath the joint get used too much with higher exercise amounts, then it will to begin with come to be painful and then progress to a tear. The signs and symptoms are generally under and in front of the metatarsal head beneath the ball of the foot. They are made worse with increased levels of exercise.
The obvious way to start treating a plantar plate tear is to use strapping to plantarflex the toe in a plantarflexed placement hence the stress is removed from the ligament which is given a chance to get better. It is usually a bit annoying to keep strapping the toe each day which may take many months to fully get better. Because of this, there are a number of different types of braces which you can use. They are generally not really as good as the taping, but they will be more than effective if strapping may be used in the early stages. This may need to be kept up for a few months to have a good outcome. Insoles in the shoes with metatarsal pads may also be used to help hold the toe plantarflexed. If standing is painful, then pads on the insole can be used to maintain weight of the painful area and at least that'll make it tolerable while healing takes place. More often than not this can help. Occasionally some anti-inflammatory medications and the use of ice may be required when it gets too painful may be required. If this approach does not work, then surgical interventions end up being considered to mend the tear, but most instances of a plantar plate tear do heal on their own.