Sesamoid Fracture Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Sesamoid Fracture treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.

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How to Treat Sesamoid Fracture


Sesamoid fractures are most often treated with rest and rehabilitation. Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. Treatment options include the following:

Immobilization

The foot is immobilized with a cast. This will promote healing and keep weight off the foot. Crutches are also used to limit weight bearing on the affected foot.

Medications

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are given to reduce pain and swelling. A cortisone shot may also be used to treat the pain and inflammation.

Physical Therapy

Once the cast is removed, physical therapy may be advised. A therapist will work with you to strengthen your muscles and improve your range of motion. You may be given an orthotic device or insert to wear in your shoe. This can protect your foot from future injury.

Surgery

Surgery is rarely needed. However, if the pain does not resolve, the sesamoid bone is sometimes removed. This is called a sesamoidectomy.


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