(HealthDay News) -- Most bones connect to other bones. Bones
that connect to tendons or muscles instead are called
The kneecap is the body's biggest sesamoid, and there are two
other key ones near the big toe on the underside of the foot. When
the tendons that surround these bones become irritated and
inflamed, it's called sesamoiditis.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these
suggestions to help the foot condition heal:
Don't aggravate the injury with continued activity that first
triggered the pain.
Take ibuprofen or aspirin to manage pain. Also, rest the injury
and apply an ice pack.
Wear shoes with a low heel and soft sole. Apply a felt pad to
cushion the injury.
Resume typical activity slowly, remembering to avoid putting
weight on the balls of your feet.
Use tape on the big toe to bend it downward a bit.
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