Originally Posted by copus
Nathalie, have you noticed any improvement with getting flexibility back into the toes?
Wow the drama continues for me. It appears that I have torn my plantar plate in three other spots on my feet. One on my right foot under the Fourth MTP and under my second and fourth MTP on my left foot ( I previously had surgery on my right foot to fix 2nd MTP plantar plate tear )
My surgeon is absolutely fantastic and I would highly recommend him if you are any where near the Gold Coast but the problem with my injury is that both my MRI's did not pick up the tears.
For me the diagnosis has only been based on symptoms and my surgeon was apprehensive to operate without extensive conservative treatment given there was no findings from the MRI (apart from some inflammation)
I have since discovered that MRI is not really exhaustive when it comes to diagnosing these cheeky little injuries... seems that if the ball of your foot is sore and resistant to conservative treatment, it is most probably a plantar plate tear.
I am having the operation for the left foot tomorrow (no weil osteotomy this time as my foot function seems fine and there are no abnormally long bones). The surgery will to fix the two tears (2 and 4 MTP) and then once that is recovered I will be getting my right foot done too. (4 MTP)
To cut a long story short, I still haven't got the full flexibility in my toe (after the first op) but I attribute alot of that to the fact that I haven't been able to do normal things (i.e run and walk alot) due to the other injuries.
I believe that once you are cleared to do high impact activities it will feel stiff and sore but the normal movements will do wonders to getting flexibility back in your toes.
Is your flexibility issues caused by scar tissue? Have you tried bio oil and rubbing into the scar as often as you can? Deep massage (as much pressure as you can handle is really good)
Looks like I will be posting on this through my next two surgeries though so the battle is not over.... I might think of doing a timeline/blog to help others out.
I am still confident that I will run again.... one day