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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 16, 2020
Category: foot pain
Tags: fracture   sesamoids   pressure  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we’ve seen rising temperatures in Middlesex county. If you’ve been inspired to get outside and get active and you’ve now begun to feel pain in the ball of your foot, you may have aggravated your sesamoids. These tiny bones (about the size of a corn kernel) are located on the bottom of your forefoot near your big toe. Sesamoids are connected to tendons or embedded in muscle. They are a unique structure found in only a few places in your body. For your foot, the sesamoids provide a smooth surface that facilitates the sliding of the tendons that transmit muscle force and help you elevate your big toe when you walk. Although these bones are small, they can cause significant pain when they become inflamed.

Protecting Your Sesamoids

The source of sesamoid problems is pressure and overuse. Like other bones, sesamoids can fracture. More often, however, is that the tendons surrounding the sesamoids become inflamed and irritated, causing a form of tendonitis known as sesamoiditis. This condition is common in runners, baseball catchers, dancers, and anyone whose fitness activities focus pressure on the ball of the foot.

If you’ve aggravated your sesamoids, in addition to the pain, you may notice swelling or bruising and difficulty bending and straightening your big toe. Fortunately, sesamoid discomfort usually responds to conservative treatment methods. The first step is having your foot examined by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms. If sesamoiditis is confirmed, the foot doctor will want you to rest from activities that cause the pain. He may recommend over-the-counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen and icing the sole of your foot to relieve pain. Once the inflammation subsides, wearing shoes that have low heeled and soft-soled, along with extra cushioning in your shoes may help prevent future sesamoid problems.

If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms in the ball of your foot, our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling: (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
April 09, 2019
Tags: sprained   fracture   bruising   swelling  

Imagine you’re walking down the street when, all of a sudden, you see a cute rabbit bolt out of a bush and across the street! It’s so cute as it hops along the pavement and you lose your footing! You’ve just fallen off the sidewalk and rolled your ankle. Will you be able to tell if it’s sprained or if it’s fractured?

Don’t worry, most people aren’t able to tell off the bat. Here are some tips and tricks for you to keep in mind when it comes to knowing just how urgent your injury might be when you accidentally fall and hurt yourself:

If it’s probably sprained, what should you expect?

  • You might experience muscle spasms or weakness when moving your foot.
  • There may be some inflammation which can cause aching pain.
  • It might be difficult to move your foot - there may be a limited range of movement.
  • Sometimes it might feel like your muscles are cramping up, too.

What about a fracture, what would I see?

  • Rather than a limited range of movement, your foot might be entirely stiff.
  • It’s nearly or completely impossible for you to bear any weight on the foot.
  • You can see visible bruising that rapidly changes and worsens in appearance.
  • Rather than aching pain, it’s more severe and unbearable.

Great, but it sounds like there are overlapping symptoms...are there?

  • Both sprains and fractures are painful.
  • Both sprains and fractures can result in bruising and swelling.
  • Both sprains and fractures will make it difficult, or impossible, to bear weight.

When it comes down to it, the first few hours after your injury can tell you a lot. Of course, it will be painful, but the rate at which that pain, bruising, or swelling increases can give you tips on whether it’s a fracture or a sprain. Either way, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention as soon as it happens! For long term care with Dr. Adam Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists after experiencing a sprain or fracture, call us today at (860) 632-5499 to schedule an appointment with us in Cromwell, CT.

 



 








 

 

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