Injured Sesamoids Cause Severe Pain

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A bone that is free floating with no direct attachment to other bones is called a sesamoid bone. The largest sesamoid bone is the patella (kneecap), and the only other sesamoid bones are in the foot near the first metatarsal bone. There are two pea-sized bones that are only connected by tendons and other tissues. These two small bones are essential for weight bearing, and they absorb a lot of stress and pressure, making them especially susceptible to injury. 

Some of the conditions that cause pain in and around the sesamoid bones include the following: 

  • Sesamoiditis—This is the most common complaint affecting the sesamoids and is a type of tendonitis. When the tendons and other soft tissues surrounding the sesamoids become stretched and stressed, the whole area becomes inflamed and painful.

  • Turf toe—This is a condition that occurs from repeatedly hitting your toes on hard surfaces like artificial turf. Jamming your toes while pushing off or stopping suddenly can affect the sesamoid area causing pain and discomfort.

  • Stress fracturesThe forefoot experiences considerable stress and pressure from hard work, sports, and exercise. A sesamoid bone can break or crack, causing severe pain and disability. Surgery may be required. 

It may be necessary to have an x-ray or MRI of the sesamoid bones done by your podiatrist to determine the precise nature of the problem. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155.