A sesamoid bone is one that floats freely without being attached to any other bones and helps tendons and ligaments move more smoothly. Your kneecap is the largest sesamoid bone in the body, but there are two much smaller sesamoid bones in your foot between the first metatarsal bone and the large toe. These help your foot to move and absorb some of the impacts of weight bearing.
When the sesamoid bones in the foot become damaged or irritated, they can create unbearable pain and discomfort. Some of the common conditions that may impact the sesamoid bones of the foot include the following:
● Turf toe—This condition is so named because it often occurs when you stub your toe while playing on fields made of artificial turf, but this type of injury can happen on any athletic surface. Jamming your toe can cause soft tissue and tendon damage that can involve the sesamoid bones, causing severe pain and inflammation.
● Breaks or stress fractures—The repeated pressure from sporting or other aggressive physical activity can cause a sesamoid bone to break or result in a more gradually induced stress fracture.
● Sesamoiditis—This is a type of tendonitis in which the tendons surrounding the sesamoid bone can become chronically irritated and inflamed, especially when associated with stressful activities such as ballet and rigorous sports like tennis and football.
How are injured sesamoid bones and tendons treated?
Firstly, your foot doctor will check the range of motion of your large toe, and determine where the pain is centralized. Imagining studies such as X Rays of the foot will be made. Since individual cases vary considerably, your podiatrist will then devise an appropriate treatment plan.
If you are experiencing sesamoid bone problems, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to providing diagnostic care and individualized medical treatment for your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!