Hi there guys,
I’ve finally taken the step after many years of reading T-Nation to sign up and get amongst the forums.
Considering the quality of readers & writers the site offers I thought I’d get opinions on how to treat a dodgy sesamoid. It’s almost been two years since I did the damage - It was on the beach kicking a footy around when I stubbed my toe and this was the first stubbing of my toe that it grounded me.
I first thought it was a broken big toe and treated it as such. However, in the interim I went and spoke with a specialist about 9 months ago and he mentioned it could have been a damage sesamoid and continued to do various scans, all which came back inconclusive.
He said that they could make special orthotics to elevate the sesamoid and reduce the load - considering it’s a load bearing bone. At $2,500 a pop I opted to no go down this path, as I couldn’t justify the costs - however I’m not sure that was a wise decision considering the pain is still there.
The pain affects all movement requiring running, jogging, sprinting etc - So my questions is has anybody had to deal with a sesamoid related pain and how have you dealt with it. Call me an idiot for not going ahead with the orthotic route - which I’ll kindly take on the chin. But, could you tell me the chances of improvement if I did decide to invest in those orthotics.
I haven’t been able to do exercises such seated calf raises or any direct calf exercises.
Greatly appreciate any advice guys.