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Fracturing the Ball of the Foot

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Fracture in the Ball of the FootTrick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat! While you’re out getting some treats with your family during Halloween, why not also get a little treat-ment for your broken sesamoids in your big toe joint. Yes, that swelling and tenderness can get pretty scary if it’s left untreated. When it comes to the ball of the foot, follow our information and instructions to get help.

Let’s explain a little bit more about these tiny two bones. The sesamoids are two small, pea-sized bones that act as pulleys, giving the tendons more leverage to transmit muscle forces. They’re located inside the tendons that run under the first metatarsal bone that meets with the big toe bone. When they’re damaged, any type of walking or movement that requires the big toe to push off is going to result in major pain.

Fractures in the ball of the foot can either be acute or chronic. A sudden break occurs with an abrupt impact or direct blow. This could happen if you fall from a tree or try to land after jumping off a swing when playing with your kids. You’ll experience a lot of immediate pain and swelling at the break, which occurs in the ball of your foot under your first metatarsal bone of your big toe. A chronic fracture will be more of a stress fracture, which is a small crack in the bone. This can produce a constant pain that gets worse with activity and better with rest.

If you have pain in the ball of the foot and think you’ve fractured your sesamoid, you need to come see us. We can help you diagnose the type of break you have or make sure the pain isn’t coming from a different condition. Many times this condition is treated as Gout. To make an accurate diagnosis we sometimes need to x-ray the other foot for comparison  or even perform a bone scan. If the fracture is minor, we may recommend a cast and a period of rest so the fracture can heal. However, if the break is severe, we may talk with you about surgery. A period of rest and rehabilitation will need to be taken seriously to make sure you heal properly after the procedure.

Please trust that our recommendations for surgery come from years of experience and genuine concern for your health and safety. If you need to make a diagnostic appointment, call the McDowell Podiatry Group in Carmichael, CA, at (916) 961-3434.

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Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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