Lesser toe deformities are a common problem and often associated with big toe deformities. The lesser toes are linked to the foot by multiple soft tissue structures, the strongest one is on the sole of the foot and is called the plantar plate.
With forefoot overload, this structure can rupture and until recently this problem was very difficult to treat. Detecting this pathology with the help of thorough clinical examination and an MRI scan can lead to a successful repair of this important stabiliser of the toe joints. Special techniques and dedicated instruments now allow to repair the plantar plate. This means that the plantar plate is re-attached to the toe, therefore, the function of the toe is preserved.
This makes extensive and “debilitating” forefoot surgery unnecessary.
Are you suffering from pain or problems with your feet, contact me today.