Prevent Uphill Battles with Sesamoiditis

Mastering hill running can be tough enough, but add the uphill battle against an aching big toe to the mix and you've got your work cut out for you. If you're experiencing pain in the ball of your foot and big toe while pushing off during your run, you may have sesamoiditis. This is a journey you don't have to take alone. Let's tag team this road to recovery. Dr. Victoria Melhuish has expertise in preventing sesamoiditis.

This condition, also a form of tendinitis, typically affects young people who are consistently engaged in physical activities, such as running. It affects the tendons that allow the big toe to function properly. The gradual irritation eventually becomes terribly painful. The biggest key to preventing further damage to the forefoot is to rest and stop at the first sign of pain.

Take pressure off of the foot and avoid weight bearing activities. With the use of modified shoes, padding, or a custom orthotic prescribed by Sierra Foot & Ankle, you'll be back on your feet in no time. Other ways to prevent injury include avoiding high heels or shoes that aggravate the toe.

If your big toe becomes inflamed and painful to push off the ground, reduce the amount that you’re running. Take a shorter climb or turn that run into a walk. Hill training is an excellent form of exercise that improves length, stride, and speed, but running through pain will only hurt your performance in the long run.

Don't let toe pain keep you from reaching your goals. For additional information about how Sierra Foot & Ankle in Gardnerville, NV, can help, call (775) 783-8037 or visit our website.

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