Plantar plate repair may be suggested following an injury to the plantar plates, which are thick ligaments that are located beneath the balls of your feet. This can result in pain and hammertoes, most commonly to the second toe. The procedure involves shortening an elongated ligament or repairing a tear.
Your surgeon will make an incision over the affected toe. The toe is flexed to allow access to the plantar plate, which is then detached. Holes are created in the proximal phalanx and sutured into the realigned position.
Over the first two weeks you should rest at home. At two weeks postoperative you can return to work. At three months postoperative you can return to high impact activities, such as the gym or running.