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Treating Your Sore Sesamoids

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HikingWant to go nutty? You can learn all about the nut-producing trees in our area at the Lancaster County Park’s Environmental Center on Nov. 9, including the best times to gather and how to serve them up for human consumption. If forefoot pain from sesamoiditis is driving you nuts, there are ways to gather up some relief!

One of the biggest factors in treating inflammation around the sesamoids—and really just about any sort of foot inflammation—is rest. Avoid activities that cause you pain, put your foot up, and provide regular ice treatment to the sole of the foot. Make sure to provide a bit of a barrier between the ice and your foot to avoid damaging the skin.

The type of shoe you wear can also provide a boost in comfort. Try a shoe with a soft sole and low heel; however, a stiffer sole can have a better effect on some people. If further stress relief is needed in either case, a felt or foam rubber cushioning pad can also help.

Taping the toe in a slightly downward angle—also known as plantar flexion—can help to relieve some of the stress and pressure in the area of the sesamoids. The experts here at Martin Foot and Ankle can show you the best ways to do this.

If conservative methods such as those above aren’t providing enough relief from your forefoot pain, we may need to consider other treatments such as a steroid injection or a brace. Whatever point you’re at in diagnosis or treating your sesamoiditis, we are here to help you get back to enjoying fall as safely and quickly as possible. Schedule an appointment with one of our offices in Hanover, Lancaster, Lititz or York by calling (717) 757-3537.
Dr. Jennifer Mulhern
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