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By Dr. Howard Schaengold
April 02, 2018
Category: Sports Injuries
Tags: Sesamoid Injuries  

Everything You Need to Know About Sesamoid Injuries

 


Think you have a sesamoid injury? Sesamoids are bones embedded in tendons. Sesamoid injuries are often associated with activities requiring increased pressure on the foot, such as tennis, basketball, running, and football. Podiatrists diagnose and treat various foot problems, including sesamoid injuries. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about sesamoid injuries.

Types of Sesamoid Injuries

Sesamoid injuries can involve the bones, tendons, and surrounding tissue in the joint. Sesamoiditis is an injury involving inflammation of the sesamoid bones and tendons. A sesamoid fracture is an acute or chronic fracture in the sesamoid bone. Turf toe is an injury to the soft tissue surrounding the big toe joint. 

Sesamoid Injury Causes

Sesamoid injuries can be caused by landing too hard on the foot after a fall or jump. Cracks in the sesamoid bones can be caused by wear and tear on the foot over time. People with high arches are at risk for developing sesamoid injuries. Frequently wearing high heels can also be a contributing factor. 

Sesamoid Injury Symptoms

The most common symptom of a sesamoid injury is pain when you move your big toe, stand, run, jump, or walk. With a fracture, the pain will be immediate, whereas with sesamoiditis, pain may develop gradually. A sesamoid injury may be painful for weeks to months. Bruising and swelling may or may not be present.

Sesamoid Injury Diagnosis

If you think you have a sesamoid injury, see a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Your podiatrist will ask about your symptoms, activities, and medical history and examine your foot. To diagnose your foot problem, your podiatrist may order X-rays and laboratory tests.

Sesamoid Injury Treatment

Inflammation and pain are treated with oral medications or steroid injections. A pad may be placed in your shoe to cushion the sesamoid area. Your foot may be placed in a cast and crutches may be used to take pressure off of your foot. The rehabilitation period following immobilization may include physical therapy, such as therapeutic exercises and ultrasound therapy. Your podiatrist may recommend surgery if your symptoms persist after nonsurgical treatment. 

A sesamoid injury can affect your day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Life always offers us another chance to get back on track. It's called today. Get relief today by scheduling an appointment with a podiatrist near you. A podiatrist can provide all the relief you need, with relatively little expense or hassle.

By Dr. Howard Schaengold
May 05, 2014
Category: Sports Injuries
Tags: stretching   soccer   prevent injuries  


Tips to Prevent Soccer InjuriesSoccer is big in Sammamish, WA. The YMCA offers Itty Bitty Soccer Class for 3 to 6 year olds in June and Issaquah offers the Spring Micro Academy that begins May 30 at Lake Sammamish State Park grass fields. If you play for one of the 69 high schools in the surrounding area, take advantage of the NCSA Athletic Recruiting Network to try for a college soccer scholarship. Young and old alike enjoy this fun sport—except when an injury keeps them off the field. Here are some tips to prevent soccer injuries from sidelining you.

Number one is maintaining your fitness level. Stay in shape outside of soccer season with aerobic exercise, strength training, and stretching for flexibility. Always warm up with jumping jacks or jogging before a game and follow with slow and gentle stretches. After you play, cool down and stretch again to keep your muscles long and supple. Remember to hydrate well before, during, and after to stay cool and replace lost fluids.

Next, check your equipment. Wear proper shin guards to avoid leg and foot injuries. Shoes with molded cleats will help you keep your balance and traction during play. Avoid a leather ball in wet conditions because it will soak up water, increasing your risk for injury when you kick it. Soccer goals should be well padded and used only for intended purposes—not as a jungle gym once the game is done. Goal posts have fallen on players before with harmful consequences.

Finally, prepare for injuries by having someone trained in first aid available for treatment of minor cuts, bruises, and sprains on the field. Clean scrapes and cuts well to prevent infections. Also, make sure you have a plan for getting medical help for serious injuries like concussions, dislocations, or fractures.

For more information to prevent soccer injuries and other foot problems, contact The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic at (425) 868-3338. We specialize in sports medicine in the Sammamish, Bellevue, Issaquah and Redmond, WA, area.

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By Dr. Howard Schaengold
April 08, 2014
Category: Sports Injuries

Baseball batThe bat cracks and the crowd goes wild. The crowd’s roar can be heard from high school ball diamonds all the way to Safeco Field. Spring is here. Whether you warm the bleachers at your kids’ games or take in a Mariners game this weekend, one thing you hate to see is a player down on the field with an injury. Baseball injuries may be an inevitable part of the game, but proper treatment can lead to full healing and help players avoid future complications.

Ankle sprains are so common that we sometimes underestimate their damage. Running the bases, dashing sideways to field a ball, or sliding into second can all cause the ligaments in your ankle to stretch too far. Pain may keep you off your feet for a while, but many players don’t take the proper time to heal properly from a sprain. The end result is weak ankles, future sprains, and chronic problems throughout their lives.

Overtraining can lead to Achilles tendinopathy and heel pain from plantar fasciitis, further limiting you from playing your best game. These conditions will get worse if you try to tough it out and play through the pain. You need to rest and seek proper treatment to avoid permanent damage to your lower limbs.

Wearing cleats can aggravate forefoot problems like neuromas and sesamoid injuries. Many cleats fit too tightly in the toe and bother bunions and hammertoes, too. Make sure your cleats are fitted snugly but contain enough room for your toes.

Finally, there are always those odd injuries, like getting hit with a bat or a ball or being stomped on by somebody’s cleats. Whatever form your baseball injuries take, Dr. Howard Schaengold at The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic in Sammamish is the place to go for expert diagnosis and treatment. In Sammamish, Bellevue, Issaquah, and Redmond, we’re only a phone call away at (425) 868-3338. We specialize in sports medicine and will help you heal completely so you can get back in the game without pain.

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By Dr. Howard Schaengold
March 14, 2014
Category: Sports Injuries
Tags: Bunions   neuromas   sports injuries   skiiing   nerves   damage   pressure  

SkiingIs this the weekend you’re heading up to the Summit at Snoqualmie for a super time on the slopes? With four great areas and a few of the steepest runs in the area, plus a great network of cross country trails, it’s a paradise for skiers. Don’t let poorly fitted ski boots ruin the day! When toes are cramped, the nerves can be affected, and athletes with neuromas know how painful they can be.

Pressure on the toes can damage the nerves, and the tissue around them can swell up and become inflamed. Conditions like bunions and arch problems contribute to the pressure, as well as tight shoes or sports activities that give your feet a pounding. You may not feel pain at first, only a thick feeling—usually behind the third and fourth toes—or a sensation of a stone or bunched up sock under the ball of your foot. Eventually, though, the problem may increase until every step sends a shot of pain into your foot, or make your toes tingle or feel numb.

Athletes, especially those who ski, should be very careful when choosing shoes or boots. They need to be roomy enough for your cushioned socks and allow your toes to wiggle freely, while still fitting snugly enough to give support for your activity. If you notice tingly or numb toes, maybe it’s time to take a break from that activity and give your nerves a rest.

If the ball of your foot is painful, have it checked out at The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic. Dr. Howard Schaengold specializes in sports injuries and can help you get to the root of your discomfort. Conservative treatments often do a great deal to relieve your foot problem. For expert foot care in the Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Redmond, or Bellevue, WA area, give us a call at (425) 868-3338, and we’ll help you get back on the slopes without pain.