Plantar plate injury and repair techniques
Yasir Ali, Yogesh Joshi and Asad Syed review the latest literature describing the technological advances that give the best surgical outcomes for plantar plate repair
The Plantar plates are fibro-cartilaginous structures that are vital for the stability of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) and interphalangeal joints. The stability of these joints can be compromised due to injury to the plantar plates. Technological advancement has made it possible to repair the plantar plate with various new techniques and equipment that are now available. he plantar plate is an important stabilising structure of the metatarsophalangeal joints in the forefoot and its pathology is commonly seen in clinical practice. In this review article, we have tried to elaborate different aspects of the plate pathology in terms of anatomy, patho-aetiology of the plantar plate tear, patient history, clinical examination, radiological investigation and common surgical techniques. We have concluded that plantar plate repair using the dorsal approach, combined with the Weil’s osteotomy and soft tissue release provides the…
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