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hi doctors, was just wondering what is a sesamoid bone of the hand and when does it require treatment?

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Accessory bones: Some have extra small sesamoid bones which only need treatment if there is something wrong with them or if they are causing a problem.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

I broke a bone in my hand almost 2 years ago and didn't bother to see a doctor. Is it too late to see a doctor now?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Possibly: If there is no redness, pain, or swelling at the fracture site, the bone most probably healed without problems. However, if there is loss of function or any of the above symptoms/signs, a doc can evaluate, decide whether an x-ray is warranted, and whether further treatment is necessary or possible.
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I broke a bone in the top of my hand long time ago, but my hand is still swollen. Is this normal?

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How long ago: How long is "long time ago? Weeks, months, years? Get checked again. Not normal; can be poorly healed fracture, tendon, tendon sheath problems.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Which bone is easiest to break in your hand?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Depends?: None are particularly "easy" to break. Probably the most common bone in the hand that we see broken on a regular basis is the end of the last hand bone (5th metacarpal). This is a "boxer's fracture" an is usually due to punching something harder than the bone! usually out of anger! then the distal ends of the fingers because they get caught in doors and such. Some wrist bones too!
A 40-year-old member asked:

What exactly is a sesamoid bone (in hand) and when does it require treatment?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Extra bone: Sesamoid bone is an extra bone that usually forms in a tendon. Knee cap is an example of a normal sesamoid bone. It may require treatement only if it is interfering with the function of your hand. Even then conservative treatment should be given a long trial.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is a small sesamoid bone of the hand and when should I look for treatment?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
It is a normal bone: A sesamoid is a normal bone that functions as an anchoring point for ligaments and a pulley of sort for tendons. There are 2 in each thumb and they may appear in the little finger and even the index. Thumbs can have sesamoid metacarpal arthritis or a stress fracture of a sesamoid.

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