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Doctor insights on: Sesamoid Bone Fracture

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What is a sesamoid bone fracture?

What is a sesamoid bone fracture?

Sesamoid bones are: Normally a pair of small bones that lie underneath the head of the 1st metatarsal bone in the ball of your foot. Like any bone, they are subject to injury and can be broken. This can be quite painful and due to the size of the bone and location under the ball of the foot, healing is often a challenge. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Fractured sesamoid bone? What does that mean?

Fractured sesamoid bone? What does that mean?

Broken your sesamoid: Two very small sesamoids (about the size of corn) are found in the underside of the forefoot near the great toe, one on the outer side of the foot and the other closer to the middle of the foot. Like other bones, sesamoids can break (fracture). It is common among ballet dancers, runners and baseball catchers. ...Read more

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Can a fractured sesamoid bone cause a blood clot?

Can a fractured sesamoid bone cause a blood clot?

Yes, but rarely: Blood clots in the leg can happen after any trauma to the lower extremity or even after elective surgery. It is caused by blood vessel injury, swelling in the leg, and inactivity resulting in decreased contraction of muscles in the calf. It can be prevented by doing elevation of the leg, light compressive wrap or stockings, ankle and knee range of motion exercises and anticoagulant medications. ...Read more

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I have a fractured sesamoid bone and a bunion in my left great toe. I can't bend it at all and it's painful. The shoe inserts do not work at all. ..?

I have a fractured sesamoid bone and  a bunion in my left great toe. I can't bend it at all and it's painful. The shoe inserts do not work at all. ..?

Perhaps: Get some crutches and don't walk on the foot until seen by orthopedics . You can ice over a wrapped foot and see a doctor for pain medications if over the counter ones do not work. Good luck ...Read more

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What is the correct dose and strength to use for a non-union fracture of my sesamoid bone?

What is the correct dose and strength to use for a non-union fracture of  my sesamoid bone?

Incomplete info: Fractures are not usually treated with medication. What medication are you concerned about? ...Read more

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How can you tell if i fractured a sesamoid bone?

How can you tell if i fractured a sesamoid bone?

X-rays: Get x-rays and make sure they do a comparision with the opposite side foot. ...Read more

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I have a stress fracture on the sesamoid bone. It has been 4 months and not healed. What are the chances of becoming active again after a bone graft?

I have a stress fracture on the sesamoid bone. It has been 4 months and not healed. What are the chances of becoming active again after a bone graft?

Please be careful: With any procedure for a stress fracture of the sesamoid on the foot. Try conservative treatment to reduce the symptoms. The sesamoid may be not healed and you may achieve a symptom free status. Surgery shold be a true last resort. Surgery will alter your foot mechanics so be prepared to still modify shoewear. ...Read more

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Could you possibly re-injure a fractured bone?

Could you possibly re-injure a fractured bone?

Fracture: Yes it is certainly possible to re-fracture a bone especially is there is another trauma or incident that causes injury. If this is the case an x-ray is warranted. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How can you fix an already healed fractured bone?

How can you fix an already healed fractured bone?

Yes: I assume you are referring to a fracture that healed in the wrong position. We call this a "mal-union". In other words the fracture healed in a position that may be unacceptable. It can be taken down, repositioned and fixed in a new or perhaps better position. ...Read more

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What is the amount of time it takes to heal a fractured bone?

What is the amount of time it takes to heal a fractured bone?

6-8 weeks: In a healthy individual, bone normally takes between 6-8 weeks. If the break is severe and resulted in gapping between the fracture fragments, it may take longer to bridge the gap. ...Read more

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What could happen if you left a broken or fractured bone untreated?

Some time it heal: By it self some time it dose not . 1-nonhealing. 2-healed with deformity which to limited mobility or limited function. 3-it could growth disturbance of the bone. 4-it cause cosmetic problem. 5-it could effect the nerve function. 6-it could joint dysfunction. ...Read more

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What does a bone fracture feel like?

Pain: typically you will have pain and swelling at the site of the injury If it is a leg injury you will likely have difficulty with walking and weightbearing ...Read more

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Can a fractured bone feel less painful then a bruised bone?

Yes. : A bad bone bruise can be quite painful. Some broken bones aren't too bad, while others are terribly painful. So really it depends on which bones you are talking about. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more