A plantar plate tear is a very common reason behind discomfort beneath the ball of the foot, usually just beneath as well as distal to the 2nd and 3rd metatarsophalangeal joints. You frequently see the query in message boards concerning if a plantar plate tear can heal on its own?
It’s very unlikely that the plantar plate tear is able to recover by itself. More often than not, some type of therapy or treatment. The reason for the condition in the plantar plate from a tear or a “pre-tear” (dysfunction) is usually as a result of physical overload. In the event that overload remains, then it most likely will not recover on its own. However, should you limp and lower exercise amounts, then that physical overload is decreased therefore it may heal by itself, at some point.
Using taping or strapping to lessen the physical overload by stopping the toe from bending can easily provide it with time for you to recover on “its own”. Many cases will have to use remedies like the taping, stiff-soled or rocker sole footwear or foot orthoses to off-load that physical overload to allow it to heal. However, these treatments don’t always help or help fast enough, then that’s when a surgical fix is suggested.