Medically reviewed by board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Nic Gay, MD and Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds, MD
Bones are typically connected at the point where they meet joints. However, some bones in the human body are connected by tendons or encased in muscle. Such bones are called sesamoids. A prime example of a sesamoid is the patella (kneecap).
Other sesamoids include those located in the underside of the forefoot. These small sesamoids are found close to the great toe (big toe). The first is located on the outer side of the foot. The other is found in the mid-region of the foot.
The function of sesamoids is similar to that of pulleys. Tendons move over the smooth side, which results in increased muscle force. The sesamoids found in the foot perform the function of aiding in weight bearing and elevating the bones in the great toe.
When these bones break or fractures occur, you will require treatment from a specialist orthopedic surgeon. Silicon Valley Orthopaedics can also care for your sesamoiditis, which presents as foot pain that is located at the sesamoid bones in the feet. Conservative treatment with custom orthotics is usually an appropriate course of action to relieve pain and discomfort.
Specialist Orthotics Treatment in California
If you are suffering from a foot condition, such as sesamoiditis, in California, Silicon Valley Orthopaedics offers custom orthotics that are specifically designed to provide pain relief and improve mobility. You can purchase over-the-counter orthotic devices. However, ill-fitting or poorly designed orthotics can actually make the problem worse. Qualified and experienced orthopedic surgeons, such as Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds, can provide an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.
Contact Silicon Valley Orthopaedics if you need treatment for sesamoiditis in California. We offer the gold standard in orthopedic care, using conservative options as an alternative to invasive surgeries to preserve the natural joint structures.