|Sesamoid Bones of the Foot|
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- Falling from a height and landing heavily on the feet
- Crush injury
- Repetitive stress to the bone
- Hyperextension of the toe and forefoot
Participation in high-impact sports
- Swelling to foot and big toe
- Tenderness to touch
- Limited range of motion to the big toe
- X-ray of the foot
- This is usually done by setting the bone during an operation.
- If the pain does not resolve, the sesamoid bone is sometimes removed. This is called a sesamoidectomy.
- Wear the proper footwear for the activity you are doing
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons http://www.footphysicians.com
American Podiatric Medical Association http://www.apma.org
The Canadian Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
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Sesamoiditis. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00164. Accessed October 27, 2008.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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