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2022 Dec

Orthop J Sports Med



Arthroscopic Repair of Chronic Plantar Plate Tears of the First Metatarsophalangeal Joint: A New Surgical Technique With Patient Outcomes.


Most plantar plate tears of the first metatarsophalangeal joint can be treated successfully by nonoperative means. Primary repair may be indicated to restore continuity of the plantar structures and joint stability. Inadequate or failed nonoperative treatment may cause persistent pain and disability and thereby represent a career-threatening injury to an athlete. The chronic plantar plate tears are difficult both to diagnose and to treat. When surgical treatment is indicated, traditionally a wide plantar or 2 parallel incisions are used. An arthroscopic approach allows for verification and visualization of the injury and, at the same time, repair of the injury.