Sesamoid Injuries in the Foot
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Lansdale, PA 19446
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Sesamoid Injuries in the Foot

A sesamoid is a bone that is embedded in a tendon. They are found in several joints in the body. In the foot, they are located in the ball, just beneath the joint of the big toe. The sesamoid bone absorbs all of the weight put on the ball of the foot when walking, running and jumping. People with high arches and frequent wearers of high heels are at an increased risk for developing sesamoid problems. Injuries to this bone stem from activities requiring increased pressure on the ball of the foot. There are different types of sesamoid injuries that can occur such as turf toe, fracture of the bone and sesamoiditis, which is an overuse injury. Nonsurgical treatments for these sesamoid injuries include physical therapy, steroid injections, custom orthotics and oral medications such as ibuprofen to help relieve pain and inflammation. Surgery is only required if the sesamoid injuries fail to respond to nonsurgical treatment. If you are dealing with a sesamoid injury, it is encouraged to see a podiatrist for the best treatment option.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Rick L. Simon of Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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