Sometimes small, easily overlooked objects are the keys to strong, effective actions. Imagine pulling a bucket on a pulley system up from the bottom of the well. It may be heavy, but the weight is distributed over the wheel and pulling isn’t terribly difficult. If that pulley wheel were to break, or the rope to slide off, you would be stuck pulling the bucket up yourself without help—a much harder task! Something similar happens to your feet when you incur sesamoid injuries.
Relieving the Pain
Fortunately, there are ways you can treat sesamoid injuries. We will examine your foot thoroughly and determine what kind of damage your forefoot has sustained. We may need diagnostic images to get a clearer picture. Once your discomfort has been accurately diagnosed, we can work with you to determine your best treatment.
Relieving the pressure on the ball of the foot and decreasing inflammation are the keys to eliminating your discomfort. We may recommend orthotics to pad the area and help your foot better absorb shock. Taping or strapping the ball of the foot may help stabilize it as well. Sometimes you may need to immobilize the foot in a boot or a brace for a time to allow the tissues to recover. Physical therapy can help you improve your strength and range of motion. We may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to reduce the irritation and relieve pain as well. In severe cases, you may need direct injections of medicine. The majority of all sesamoid injuries are successfully treated using conservative measures, but if your foot isn’t responding to treatments, you may need surgery.
The ball of the foot is a crucial area for your footsteps and lower limb stability. If this area of your foot hurts when you use it, contact the experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in Chandler to have it cared for.