A plantar plate tear is a smaller tear or strain to the ligament that is under the lessor toe joints in the foot. It is almost always associated with excessive use, particularly in activities that require the toes to be bent up or dorsiflexed. The discomfort is typically just above the area distal to the joint on the bottom of the foot. As this issue is due to the toe bending to far backwards or upwards (dorsiflexing) when walking, tape is a good strategy to control that movement.
The best way for taping a plantar plate tear would be to loop some tape about the toe to tug the toe down in a plantarflexed placement. The ends of the tape go below the ball of the foot and by looping across the toe it may hold it down. The idea being is whenever we walk, and the heel lifts up off the ground and the toe flexes there is less stress on the plantar plate as the toe is stopped from bending up. Using this method the plantar plate tear taping could actually help the injury recover. This will likely require some time although is often quite effective. Different approaches can be used to assist in preventing the dorsiflexion across the joint that is painful, for example using a more firm sole footwear that is not bendable as this may prevent too much movement in the joints. Additionally, there are stiff plates which can be used as insoles to help make the shoe firmer. A foot orthotic insert that has a cavity around the uncomfortable location could also be used for getting force away from the sore location may also make it more at ease to walk on. These types of methods are by and large pretty useful, especially that strapping. However, as we still need to walk around on the feet rather than have total rest, it may take a few months with this approach in order to get a good outcome. Sometimes it does not work out that way or the issue is particularly distressing. In these cases, surgery to fix the tear may well be showed.