Football fans rejoice—the season is almost here! The NFL pre-season starts right after the Hall of Fame Game on August 3. It’s a chance for the teams to prepare for the regular season and for fans to enjoy the sport. High school teams start their conditioning soon, too, preparing for their own first games. Conditioning well is a crucial part of preparing, since it helps you avoid overuse injuries. If you already have ball of the foot pain, though, you need to take steps now to relieve sesamoiditis pain so you can keep up with your sport.
Sesamoiditis is a fairly common overuse injury for athletes. Repeated hard impacts on the two little sesamoid bones underneath the ball of the foot can cause irritation and pain. The discomfort can make it difficult to walk, much less participate in sports. To continue doing what you love, you’ll need to take care of your forefoot. Some simple treatments can help relieve pain:
- Padding – Extra cushioning can help absorb some of the shock of your footsteps and reduce the pressure on the ball of the foot. Simple pads or custom orthotics add that layer of protection.
- Taping – Sometimes taping the big toe in a certain position can help relieve pressure. It stabilizes the digit’s motion.
- Icing – Ice reduces swelling and inflammation in injured tissues. This alleviates some of your discomfort and helps the healing progress.
- Physical Therapy – Stretching and strengthening the foot can help reduce the strain on the affected tissues, as well as condition them for your activities.
If you continue to struggle with pain, though, you may need to take an extended break from your activities to allow the little bones to heal. Don’t take the ball of your foot for granted and limp around when you try to play sports. If you need help to relieve sesamoiditis pain, let us know here at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Milford and Hamden, CT. Submit a request online or call to reach us for an appointment: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.
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