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Chronic Sesamoid Pain

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by golfer, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. golfer

    golfer New Member

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    I have had pain in the ball of my right foot beneath my big toe for about 3 and a half years now. (looking back I do remember falling and landing with all my weight about that long ago on my right foot) The pain never felt bad enough to go to the doctor about so I just pushed through it. I am a collegiate golfer, so I walk a lot and run for conditioning.
    After looking up my symptoms I have thought that I might have sesamoiditis. So I was treating it myself as that. I tried many different inserts and ice and gel dancers pads. The only thing I didn't try was rest. But after taking almost the whole summer off of golf due to wrist surgery, the problem didn't resolve.
    Since the problem didn't get any better with rest. I finally went to a podiatrist last week. He said I have sesamoiditis for sure and then took x-rays to see if anything was broken. He is pretty sure that I have a fracture in my tibial sesamoid. He said an MRI may be necessary to know for sure. He gave me a 1/4 inch felt dancers pad to wear in my shoe for a week as an experiment. He said if this doesn't help I have options, such as a bone growth stimulator, or eventually surgery.
    Well the pad hasn't been working. I go back tomorrow morning, but I was wondering if anyone has any ideas of what my next step might be.
    Will he put me in a boot or on crutches?
    Would that even help since this has possibly been fractured for 3 years?
    If I get a bone growth stimulator would I have to be in a boot or on crutches for the duration of when I use that?
    Also how long is the recovery from surgery? I have mostly heard bad outcomes from surgery, so if that is my only option I may just wait to have that until after I finish my college golf career, and just play through the pain for 2 and a half more years.
    I just want to know what to expect from my appointment tomorrow.
  2. Bryan

    Bryan Guest

    Hi Golfer,

    My foot problem sounds awfully similar to yours. How did it go in the end? is your pain resolved?

    Interested to hear what path you took.


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