Second metatarsophalangeal joint plantar plate tear

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Focal pain over the second metatarsal head with toe deformity.

Patient Data

Age: 55
Gender: Female

Linear (longitudonal) defect in the plantar plate (arrow) with surrounding soft tissue swelling but no bone marrow oedema or specific joint pathology.

Case Discussion

Plantar plates form part of the MTP joint capsule.  They are a major stabiliser of the MTP.  Disruption causes pain and deformity of the joint often with secondary joint inflammation (synovitis).

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Case information

rID: 49085
Published: 9th Nov 2016
Last edited: 10th Nov 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded