Luckily, the answer to the question is YES. Sesamoiditis is most certainly treatable and can be treated in many cases at home. It is always our recommendation however that you consult with your physician prior to starting any at-home remedies for your sesamoid pain. You can take a look at our sesamoiditis relief products page if you want to see some of the options available to you. After consulting with your doctor, he or she will likely recommend that you start off with one of those types of at home relief methods. Unless your sesamoiditis is in the latter stages, this should be enough to abate the pain and help you regain your mobility.
It is almost February, and you know what that means! Running season is just around the corner. For those of you who live and die by the run, sesamoiditis can stop you in your tracks, derailing your plans to chew up the miles this year. So the question is, can you run with sesamoiditis? The short answer is Yes. You can absolutely run with sesamoiditis. Although it is generally advisable to rest the injury, the reality is that many of us are too stubborn or anxious to head this advice.
So let’s say that you are one of these folks. How can you run with sesamoiditis so as not to further aggravate the injury? Let’s be clear first, running on an injured sesamoid region will only exacerbate the injury over time. There is no fool proof way to run with sesamoiditis, but let’s go over some ways to help reduce the risk of further injury.
Running uphill can significantly increase the impact on the sesamoids, thereby increasing the chance of further injury. Do yourself a favor and choose a running path that does not include any inclines over a few degrees. Take your time to plan out a nice flat ground run and your sesamoids will thank you!
This applies to those of you with higher arches. The higher your arch the more downward pressure is placed on the sesamoid region during the run. Grab some decent arch supports and place them in your shoe. This will allow the pressure of your foot hitting the ground to spread amongst the foot’s entire surface area.
Sesamoid Relief Sleeve
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. They wrap around your foot, so they do a good job of staying in place, and they are cushioned, right in the ball of the foot. The relief sleeve helps to reduce the power of the impact from running, all while dispersing the force across the entire ball of the foot rather than directly upon the sesamoids.
Again, the best advice is rest, however if that’s not an option and you are going running anyway, give these tips a try.
Sesamoiditis Home Remedies
So you have sesamoiditis. Not fun, I know. The pain behind your big toe on the ball of your foot can range anywhere from a minor nuisance to completely debilitating. In either case, making it stop is the number one priority. Sesamoiditis is generally caused by inflammation of the tendons that surround the sesamoid bones in the foot. Sesamoid region inflammation can cause pain when walking, dancing, running squatting etc. If the pain is debilitating you should see a doctor immediately. There is no use trying home remedies for something that inhibits your daily life. If however you find that your sesamoid pain is tolerable in nature, you can try one of the below sesamoiditis home remedy methods to relieve the pain.
Ice: Icing the area is a great way to reduce inflammation thereby relieving the pain. A great way to ice the sesamoid region is to grab a bottle of water (deer park, dannon, you get the idea) and drink a few ounces from the bottle. Pop it in the freezer for a couple of hours, or until frozen. Place the frozen bottle on the floor while you watch TV and roll your foot over the frozen bottle. Do this for no longer than 20 minutes, at which time remove the ice for 20 minutes. You can repeat this a couple of times per icing session.
Sesamoid Relief Sleeve: Sesamoid relief sleeves are great for reducing the pressure placed on the sesamoid bones. Pressure causes pain, and these sleeves are designed to relieve that pain by spreading the impact from walking out around your foot. We have a few options listed on our site. Click Here to see them.
Arch Support: Those of us with high arches place a lot of downward pressure on our sesamoids. Using proper arch support can help to relieve this pressure by distributing the force throughout the arch rather than just the ball of the foot. Those who suffer from pes cavus symptoms (extremely high arch) are particularly susceptible to sesamoiditis.