Sesamoiditis?

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  1. Venetian

    Venetian Professional

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    Anyone had to deal with it before? I've had it for about 3 years now. Stubborn injury just won't go away. I'm at the point where I just manage the pain now, by avoiding activities that aggravate it as much as possible. I saw a podiatrist for awhile, but he wanted to do surgery and the success rate just wasn't high enough for me. Also had an allergic reaction to a cortisone shot that actually made the pain worse.

    Prior to the injury I was an avid runner. In the military we regularly do physical fitness tests, and in the 3 years since the first signs of pain, I've gone from a 9:30 mile and a half run time to a 12:10, because I just can't put in the training miles anymore. I can still play tennis, but I'm limited to one decent match in a week with plenty of ice and rest in between. I'm not really sure where to go from here. I think I might just be stuck managing the pain for the rest of my life if I don't opt for the surgery, and even that might not fix it. At least I can still play video games regularly though.
     
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  2. ps2dcgba

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    I had a mild case of sesamoiditis, it put a real dampener on my quality of life. I took 3 months of rest, no running, barely any walking, alot of swimming and gym work, upper torso. I bought some gel pads from amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n...et+gel&ie=UTF8&qid=1383714421&rnid=2941120011

    And I bought a wooden clog Troentorps, they were murder the first 1 month, once my feet adjusted, I can walk pretty well know for long periods of time. But my advice is rest, massage your feet, goggle trigger points, friction therapy. Would hurt to give it a nice moderately warm soak once it a while. I wish you the best.
     
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  3. Chas Tennis

    Chas Tennis Hall of Fame

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    A friend of mine had this injury. He played with pain for a year or so (?) with some play after diagnosis. He had surgery a year ago. He just said that his foot is doing well. The recovery went well. I believe, but I'm not sure, that the recovery was longer than 3 months and shorter than the Dr had predicted.

    He is very fast. Not sure if this has any relevance - He would bust up his shoes in an unusual way - as if the part near near the ball of his foot might be bending a lot and causing the shoe to fail. Shoe would bust up on both sides.

     
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  4. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

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    Yes, I had it. Or more accurately, have it.

    I got it in a yoga class. Did a down dog a bit too aggressively and kind of hyperextended the ball of my foot.

    After waiting for it to heal for 18 months, I saw a podiatrist. He confirmed the diagnosis and said there is no good treatment. They can do surgery, but putting in a pin for a hairline crack in a bone that small doesn't work, and removing it entirely has mixed results.

    Now it has been maybe 2.5 years, I think. I use my orthotics and try not to do things that bother it. It bothers me most when I do lunges, which is a shame because lunges are necessary for my knees.

    So I do the best I can with it. I don't ice or take drugs for it. I just cope.
     
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