Sesamoiditis... Where To Find The Latest Treatment Information.
What is Sesamoiditis
This condition is often confused with bruising and can be a sign of fracture which is why radiographs (x-rays) are best used to confirm the diagnosis.
In some instances these bones may appear to be fractured when infact the bones display a naturally occuring split or separation. This situation can aggravate symptoms but should not cause any problems in the absence of inflammation or pain.
What causes Sesamoiditis?There are several factors that can contribute to sesamoiditis. These include:
Incorrectly aligned or improperly functioning feet. This can cause overloading of the foot in the region of the sesamoids. This may occur with either excessive pronation (roll-in) or supination (roll-out), especially with the presence of a rigid plantar flexed first ray.
Sudden changes in training may cause overloading of the ball of the foot where the sesamoids lie resulting in overuse and inflammation of the sesamoid bones.
Trauma to the foot may cause inflammation or possibly fracture of the sesamoids.
Tight calf and hamstring muscles may contribute by increasing pressure on the metatarsal heads, thereby increasing pressure on the sesamoid bones.
Poorly fitting footwear may also contribute to injury especially where cleats, studs or spriggs are utilised.
How is Sesamoiditis treated?Sesamoiditis is a condition which generally responds well to conservative treatment if treated early. Conservative treatment involves:
Correction of abnormal foot function.
Stretching and physical therapy.
Casting or immobilisation.
WARNING : This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist.
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