Sesamoid Fracture & Sesamoiditis (Big Toe)
A sesamoid fracture causes immediate pain. You may develop a large bruise under your toe. Significant swelling throughout the forefoot may make it difficult to bend your toes or walk.
Steroid injections are used for severe cases of sesamoiditis. The medication relieves inflammation. Some people may need to use crutches and wear a removable short leg fracture brace or a below the knee walking cast for several weeks. Fractures require immobilization and zero weight bearing for six to eight weeks.
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