I’m sorry to inform you but, sesamoiditis is not inflammation of sesame seeds(punny!)! I know, it’s annoying. I know, it’s frustrating. I know, many times you have tried to find a quick and absolute fix but to no avail. Sometimes, you even skip training because of it!
But should it stop you from working out? I mean, will you let it stop you from running and moving around? It can be a little difficult to deal with. But with proper management, you can be virtually free from sesamoiditis!
What is Sesamoiditis?
Sesamoid bones form in response to stress. It’s like our body’s response to too much impact. It’s like how your palms develop callouses when you work out at the gym. Same goes with our bony prominences. Our body develops sesamoid bones to relieve you from such impacts.
Sesamoid bones can grow on the knees, in the hands, wrists, foot, neck, and ears. However, the most common condition is in the foot. It’s situated just beneath the big toe. When you run so much, you may develop this. If you run too much, you may get some inflammation, thus, sesamoiditis!
In some worse case, sesamoid bone can fracture and give you tremendous pain! Ouch! It’s a little difficult to pick up on regular x-rays and may require a more extensive examination, like bone scan or MRI, to determine the fracture.
How Can I Manage Sesamoiditis?
Now, I know why you got here. You are looking for a way to end this pain! Well, here are some ways to manage sesamoiditis. It can take a while to fully heal and recover from it, but if you don’t plan your rest well, you may not get rid of it (or you can make it worse!)!
- Avoid weight bearing exercises.
This can be a little annoying, especially for avid runners, to avoid working out. Yes, it is a must to avoid weight bearing on the balls of your feet. This will aggravate your pain and will increase the inflammation. If you want to get back to running the soonest, you better rest and rehabilitate your feet!
- Use cold pack.
In the initial stage of your sesamoiditis, icing the affected part can be a good way to start treating the inflammation. Do it at least twice daily for about ten minutes per session. If you can manage to do with four hours interval, it will promote comfort and faster healing.
- Give your feet a tender massage.
Massage can help promote blood circulation. Optimal blood supply will quicken the delivery of nutrients to the affected part to promote quick healing and recovery.
- Take anti-inflammatory medicines.
If you are prescribed an anti-inflammatory, take it religiously alongside the icing and massaging. This will can help you deal with the pain and reduce inflammation.
- Stop wearing constricting footwear.
Aside from making the pain worse, wearing tight fitting footwear can impede blood circulation in the feet. And yes, you need optimal blood supply in your feet for faster healing. Look for shoes with wide toe room. You will be surprised why you didn’t get one even when you don’t have an injury!
- Go hire a therapist.
If you want to hit the road as soon as you can, consult and formulate a treatment regimen with an expert. With discipline and expert solution, you can reduce the time you need to stay out of the road.
- Get a pair of orthotics.
Or make an customized improvised version! If your podiatrist recommends wearing orthotics, don’t hesitate to buy one. They can make your life easier and the pain tolerable. Well, if you don’t buy the idea of buying orthotics, try improvising first to get the feel of wearing one. Then you can decide.
Sesamoiditis is painful and the worst conditions can stop you from walking straight and enjoying your running routine! By following the recommendations above, you can improve your condition quickly and essentially get back to your regular running routine!
But don’t rush! Healing takes time. Take as much time as needed until you are fully recovered. You don’t want to worsen your condition, right? So, throw away your frustrations and start taking charge of your recovery!
Emily is founder of BodyShape101.com, a blog where she and her associates talk about exercise, fitness, and yoga. Their aim is to help people like you to achieve perfect body. BodyShape101 is concentrated on exercise & fitness tips, and making the most out of it. She is also a mother of one and she tries to find balance between her passion and her biggest joy in life.