Posts in the hammer toes category

Footsurgery News 4 Apr | '2019

Plantar Plate Tear (Brisbane/Gold Coast)

The plantar plate is a deep fibrocartilaginous structure which originates from metatarsal heads and attaches to the proximal phalanx through the joint capsule within the forefoot

Functions of the plantar plate

  • stabilize the metatarsophalangeal joint
  • assist in the windlass mechanism due to its attachment to the plantar fascia
  • resist hyperextension of the metatarsophalangeal joint
  • absorb compressive loads

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Footsurgery News 4 Aug | '2018

Surgery for problems of the small toes

  1. What problems can happen to the small toes

The small toes are important in walking, especially when pushing off with the foot towards the next step. They share the pressure with the big toe and the ball of the foot. Toes become deformed when the pressures on the toe are stronger than their joints can resist. This may because the joints are weak or the pressures strong, or both.

The joints may be weak because they have been damaged by injury or arthritis. The muscles that control them may become unbalanced, so that one set pulls harder than others and causes the toe to bend. In some people the tissues in the lower part of the joint at the base of the toe (metatarsophalangeal joint or MTPJ) become weak, allowing the base of the toe to drift upwards and unbalancing it.

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