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How to Alleviate Sesamoid Pain

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It won’t be long before it’s time to take the kids out trick-or-treating in the Richardson, TX neighborhoods. Children love getting dressed up and returning home with lots of goodies, but younger ones definitely need adult supervision and protection as they go door to door. Of course, all the walking that goes along with this Halloween tradition can be rather painful if you are dealing with sesamoiditis. Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate sesamoid pain!

Trick or treatSesamoids are a certain type of bone found in the body that are not connect to other bones. The best example of this is your kneecaps. They do not actually attach to the upper or lower leg bones (which connect to each other), but rather sit upon the knee joint. Other sesamoids can be found in your feet and act as pulleys of sorts. You likely won’t give them any thought unless they fracture or cause irritation or inflammation of the surrounding soft tissue.

Some of the best home treatments to relieve sesamoid pain include:

  • Take time away from any activity that is causing pain.
  • Ice the sole of your foot while you are resting. Be sure to wrap your ice or ice pack in a thin towel to prevent damaging your skin.
  • Take pain relievers like ibuprofen or aspirin, but check with us first for safety and dosage recommendations.
  • Relieve stress on the affected sesamoid by using a felt pad to provide extra cushioning.

As you return to activity, make sure you do so gradually. There are many cases where an individual rushes back to previous levels of intensity and duration in their physical activities and becomes injured again. We want you to be able to perform your favorite activities, so please keep in mind that taking it easy at the start will help you get back to full speed in the quickest fashion.

In addition to home care, a great way to alleviate sesamoid pain is to make your appointment with us here at Richardson Podiatry Associates. We provide the care you need for all foot and ankle conditions, including sesamoiditis. You may benefit from a steroid injection or a brace that we can provide. Give us a call at (972) 690-5374 or fill out our online form and schedule your appointment so we can help you today!

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