Thank you so much for your helpful blog. I have been diagnosed with sesamoiditis in both feet. The pain in my left foot is much worse than my right but the MRI shows significantly more swelling in the right foot than the left. Does that make sense to you? Is it possible that the pain is being caused by something other than the sesamoiditis?
I also had a question about taping. Is taping necessary if bending the toe does not cause pain? Flexing my toe does not seemingly increase my pain but I'm wondering if I should tape anyway.
Finally, I had an MRI but my doctor was unable to determine whether I had a fracture or not. Should I be concerned that even with the MRI he cannot tell? Should I look for someone else to treat me condition? If so, do you have any recommendations in the Boston area?
Thank you so much!
You need to get a copy of the official MRI report, but I would get a CD of the actual images. Try to find the ones that look like the images from my blog and see what you can gather from this. I will be happy to look at the CD or any images you send.
In regards to swelling, deep swelling that you can not see can be much more painful than superficial swelling. It is why patients can come in with enormous ankle swelling after a sprain and say that they are still running on it. And, why a drop of swelling due to an ingrown toenail can bring patients to almost tears.
Taping is a possible help for some activities. You need to practice taping for various activities about 10 times to get good at it, and see if you can tell a difference. For your injury taping is equivalent to an ankle brace post ankle sprain.
The 2 sports medicine podiatrists that I know in the Boston area are Lloyd Smith and Michael Robinson. You can get their numbers off the website from the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. I hope this is helpful.Rich