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How Sesamoids Get Irritated: Causes of Sesamoiditis

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Are you ready for Halloween? The seminal fall holiday will soon be here, so it’s time to get moving on your costume for this year. If you need inspiration or ideas how to make your own costume, Martha Stewart offers an array of do-it-yourself ones on her website. Of course, if you are going to use her mummy idea, you need to have the irritated look to go with it. Maybe thinking about the soreness in your forefoot will do the trick! We want to explain the causes of sesamoiditis—our treat!—so you can figure out what to do about the pain.Causes of Sesamoiditis

Part of the reason sesamoiditis can be somewhat frightening is that you may not know what is wrong, except that you have pain when your foot pushes off the ground. Even more concerning is that you might not even know how it happened. We can help by introducing you to the sesamoid bones and tell you a bit about the condition.

Sesamoids are bones that are not connected directly to any other bone. The best examples are your kneecaps. The leg bones connect to each other, but the kneecap (patella) simply connects to the quadriceps tendon and the patellar tendon. You have this type of bone in your feet on the undersides, near the big toe; they lie among the tendons in that joint. Sometimes they become irritated and fracture, which causes the pain.

Causes of sesamoiditis include:

  • Increased Activity – Suddenly starting an intense workout program or ramping up intensity levels can potentially lead to sesamoid stress fractures.
  • High Arches – This particular foot structure places additional pressure on the front of the foot and contributes to the condition.
  • Overuse – When feet are subjected to excessive levels of force, the muscles that usually assist with shock absorption become fatigued and the trauma transfers to bone tissue—you’re your sesamoids—that is not as equipped to handle it.
  • Turf Toe – This painful injury happens when the big toe extends beyond its intended range of motion. When this happens, there may be injury to the soft tissue connected to a sesamoid or even a fracture of the bone itself.

If you have a scary case of sesamoiditis, Richardson Podiatry Associates can provide the right treatment to reduce symptoms and alleviate pain. Just contact our Richardson, TX office by calling (972) 690-5374 or fill out our online form to request your appointment with us, and let us work our magic!

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