So you have a recurring pain beneath the ball of your foot, just behind the joint of your big toe?  You may have a broken sesamoid bone which will require some sort of treatment.  I’m assuming your wondering what type of broken sesamoid bone treatments are available to you in order to remedy this pain.  Well you are in luck.  After reading this you will be aware of the different treatment options available for a broken sesamoid bone.


Are Sesamoid Bone Injuries Rare?: Sesamoid bone injuries are not that rare of an occurrence.  In fact, most people do not even realize that the pain they have in the ball of their foot is related to these little bones.  The sesamoid bones themselves are largely unknown to most people.  In the majority of individuals, the sesamoid bones sit side by side and are harbored within tendons which pass over the big toe joint.  The job of the sesamoid bones is to create a moment arm for which the tendons pass over and use as leverage.  The chances of foot pain being caused by inflamed sesamoids is relatively high given their propensity to soreness due to their proximity to the tendons that surround them.  A broken sesamoid bone however IS rare. 


What Causes Broken Sesamoid Bones?:  The causes of broken sesamoid bones are generally related to direct trauma of the sesamoid region, or, overuse of the ball of the foot.  Generally speaking, most broken sesamoid bones are caused by a sudden trauma to the area.  Examples of trauma that is known to cause broken sesamoid bones are falls from a distance, stepping directly on a hard object without shoes, a run over accident, or the dropping of a heavy hard object on the sesamoid area.  The sesamoid area however is extremely small, which gives way to the fact that sesamoid bone breaks are very rare occurrences.  Other ways that are known to cause sesamoid bone breaks are through repeated use fractures.  Repeated use by dancers specifically (through repeated moves involving the ball of the foot) can cause mini fractures which eventually turn into full bone fractures over time.  Any other profession or hobby that requires the frequent use of the ball of the foot for support may endure broken sesamoid bones.  In general, of the two bones, the one that breaks a majority of the time is the inner sesamoid bone. As you can see, there are a number of causes for sesamoiditis.


Broken Sesamoid Bone Treatments:  One way to guarantee that a broken sesamoid bone heals completely is to have the foot placed in a cast for 6 to 8 weeks.  Immobilization of the foot for that period of time has been shown to be enough to allow the fractures to heal on their own.  If you are experiencing significant pain in the sesamoid region, it is in your best interest to consult a physician, get a diagnosis and move forward accordingly.  There is however another option that doctors have used to treat broken sesamoid bones, and that is removal.  The removal of the affected sesamoid bone completely has been shown to create no adverse affects and yields positive results.  If you would like to simply alleviate pain, consider using a Gel Metatarsal Pad.


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