Answers to Some of the Questions We Hear the Most at Our Long Beach Podiatry Office
If you’re suffering from foot or ankle pain, you probably have quite a few questions. We’ve created this list of some of the questions we get the most and we hope they help ease your mind a bit! If you have any questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact us for an appointment.
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What is a Sesamoid Bone?
A sesamoid bone is a bone embedded within a tendon.
In the foot, the sesamoid bones are two small pea sized bones located under the big toe joint. These sesamoid bones in the foot help absorb weight when running and walking and also work as a pulley system for the tendons that help move the big toe.
Pain in the joint of your big toe may be a symptom of sesamoiditis, sesamoid fracture, arthritis, hallux rigidus or a host of other foot conditions.
The best advice is to seek early treatment, before the pain has become so unbearable that you are unable to walk.
Other Foot Conditions Associated with the Sesamoid Bone Include:
Sesamoiditis - A painful foot condition where the sesamoid bone (small bones under the great toe) become inflamed.
Sesamoid Fracture - a fracture or "break" in one or both of the sesamoid bones. Sesamoid fractures can be caused by trauma or from overuse.
Turf Toe - A foot condition where there is injury to the big toe joint. Pain and swelling affect mobility of the big toe.
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What is Hallux Rigidus?
Hallux Rigidus "stiff great toe"
A disorder of the big toe joint causing pain and stiffness in the big toe and at base of the joint.
Symptoms of Hallux Rigidus Include:
- Pain and stiffness in the big toe.
- Pain with activities that require bending the big toe or "pushing off" with such as walking, running and squatting.
- Limited mobility or range of motion in big toe and joint.
- Swelling in the big toe joint.
Hallux Rigidus is an arthritic disorder that will naturally get worse if left untreated.
If you have pain in the ball of your foot and are wondering what treatment options are right for you schedule an appointment with an experienced podiatrist.
What is a Bunion?
Don't let bunions get in your way!
A bunion is a painful swelling or bump on the inside of the big toe joint. A bunion, occurs when the first metatarsal bone starts to deviate to the inside of the foot (moving away from the second metatarsal). As this occurs the big toe usually starts to move toward, and sometimes even over or under, the second toe.
Bunions by themselves are not usually painful, unless they become severe or if arthritis develops in the big toe joint.
However, bunion pain can be caused by wearing closed shoes that put pressure on the bunion area.
Wearing shoes that are painful or that put pressure on the bunion can make the lump become inflamed and eventually becoming larger.
If you're having pain in your bunion get help by scheduling your appointment with an experienced podiatrists.