Forefoot Pain? Could Be Sesamoiditis
Like most other ailments of the foot, most of us have never heard the term Sesamoiditis. However, while it might new to you, Sesamoiditis is definitely the most common NYC foot care issues you’ve never heard of! While most of the bones in the human body are connected to eachother at a joint, a select few aren’t connected to other bones at all, but rather, to tendons or embedded into the muscle. These are known as sesamoids, one is located at the kneecap or patella tendon, and the other two are located at the forefoot near the largest toe, on the underside of the foot. According to Midtown foot doctor, Harvey Katz and his team at Midtown Foot Care, these sesamoids act similarly to pulleys, providing a smooth surface over which tendons slide, increasing the ability of these tendons to transmit the force of the muscles. The main responsibility of the sesamoids in the forefoot is to bear an individual’s full bodyweight. And as with any other bones in the body, as a result of excess stress these bones can easily break or fracture, and the sesamoid fracture can cause the surrounding tendons can rupture or tear. When this occurs, these bones and tendons become inflamed to the point at which they may break, this is known asSesamoiditis.
Considering that the average New Yorker walks nearly 50 miles per week, in NYC foot care is vital to overall health and wellness. And with the vast number of restaurants and retail outlets around the city, NYC has an incredible number of workers standing on their feet all day. As we stand on our feet, our sesamoid bones and tendons must bear our full body weight, and over time, this causes an immense amount of strain on these tiny bones, and the ligaments that surround them. Due to the sheer strain of our own bodyweight, compounded over a number of hours, these bones will weaken and weaken. In addition, as the bones weaken the tendons in the foot will become drastically inflamed, causing immense pain. This is the main means of how Sesamoiditisoccurs. As the best foot doctor Midtown has to offer, Dr. Katz and his team at Midtown Foot Care treat countless individuals with stress fractures and inflammation, on a daily basis. When this part of the forefoot becomes inflamed and weakened, the slightest trauma, slip, or fall can cause a fracture. In addition, simply due to the stress of standing on your feet all day, eventually it may just fracture on its own.
When it comes to the sesamoid fracture, according to Midtown foot doctor, Harvey Katz, unlike most other small bones in the foot, they have smooth edges. And because they are so small, they can be hard to identify through X-ray or physical exam. Therefore, one of Dr. Katz’ tricks for identifying Sesamoiditis and a Sesamoid fracture is to look for jagged marks at this area of the x-ray, as if the bone was intact it would appear smooth. This high level of experience is why he is considered the best foot doctor Midtown has to offer. While x-rays and digital imaging is an important aspect of diagnostics. The first, and easiest method of identifying Sesamoiditis is through the main symptoms of the condition. The main symptoms of this condition include:
· Gradual Pain focused under the big toe or forefoot. When the bone actually fractures however, the pain is sudden and intense.
· Lack of mobility and flexibility in the feet and toes.
· Swelling in the forefoot
· Bruising in the forefoot
As the best foot doctor Midtown Manhattan patients trust, Dr. Katz has developed a keen sense foot identifying injuries over the years. Simply through the pattern of inflammation and swelling, as well as the areas in which the pain is concentrated, Dr. Katz is easily able to diagnose Sesamoiditiswithout the use of imaging. In order to gauge where the pain is concentrated, he and his team at Midtown Foot Care, will manipulate the foot and toes, in certain pre-configured movements – bending the foot and straightening the toes in certain ways. By understanding which bones and ligaments control these specific movements, and if they cause pain or not, he is able to decipher if Sesamoiditis has occurred. More so than any other NYC foot care specialist, Midtown foot doctor, Dr. Katz and his team have treated countless cases of Sesamoiditis. And while it might be a fairly new condition, in a city with millions of active people, walking and spending hours on their feet at a time, it is by far one of the most common ailments around. For more information on Sesamoiditis pain, and other foot care issues, contact the team at Midtown Foot Care today.