Think you have Sesamoids?
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What is Sesamoids?
The sesamoids are two bones that are located underneath the big toe joint. The name sesamoid derives from the latin word sesamum "Sesame Seed" because they are small.
Sesamoid bones can become inflamed and even fracture causing pain particularly when walking quickly or running.
How did I get this?
Sesamoidits is usually seen in people who have a sharp blow to the joint, or have a high arched foot with a prominent big toe joint.
Those who wear high heels or dance would be more likely to get this.
What can I do about it?
Wear accommodative, cushioned flat footwear like trainers.
Ice the area if sore.
Short term use of anti inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen may relieve the symptoms.
What help can I get for this?
Podiatrist can advise on footwear, padding & strapping techniques and potentially recommend orthotics to relieve stress on the sesamoids.
Immobilisation may be necessary for severe cases.
If there is a fracture present that doesn't get better with conservative treatments, surgery may be advised.
When will it get better?
If conservative measures work, maybe over a few months.
If Surgical intervention is needed will recovery will take longer.