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Plantar Plate Strains

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Timj, Oct 28, 2022.

  1. Timj

    Timj New Member

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    1. I just recently found this forum and elated to have found it. I have been limping for a year and was diagnosed via MRI last December with aggravated PP sprains below my three inter toes. My symptoms are: pain, tingling, numbness and slight swelling (when Im on my feet for longer durations). Interestingly enough, I developed this condition after discovering HOKA (Clifton) shoes and wearing them for a year. Probably not related but makes me wonder. My podiatrist started me on Ice three times a day and a walking boot with a "rocker-type" sole. Then after realizing that there was tingling he switched me to soaking in hot water three times a day. He ordered a custom orthotic sole which helped at first, then after a months weeks, the pain gradually came back. I've been using both CBD Oil and Voltaren multiple times a day. Since I dont have a tear, I'm not a candidate for surgery. The podiatrist mentioned "shock wave" therapy and also a procedure where blood is drawn, stem cells are extracted then injected back into the injury location. Both would be expensive. I'm realizing that staying off of the foot along with physical therapy is necessary, although the podiatrist isn't pushing me to do either. I've started considering knee scooters and crutches..... As an active 62 year old I desperately need my foot back! I wanna hike, play golf and chase the grand kids again! Any thoughts???
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Super Moderator

    Have the orthotics got a 'metatarsal pad' to plantarflex the toes and offload the painful area.
    Google "plantar plate taping" or "plantar plate strapping" ---> pretty much the first thing that should be tried.
  3. Timj

    Timj New Member

    Yes - I did forget to mention that in my initial post. The Podiatrist had me taping for the first three weeks without any improvements. And yes, the orthotics have a metatarsal pad. Nothing seems to help.
  4. Timj

    Timj New Member


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