I’m an avid Jazzerciser and walker. I’m 53 years old and have been exercising this way for about 20 years. However, about two months ago I had an ache in my big toe – felt stiff like it had to be cracked. Eventually it got worse and is now even painful when I walk. I’ve tried different shoes, metatarsal pads, taping. The degree of pain varies and sometimes it seems like I can “work it out” by doing my activities. I know rest is recommended…my question is – how long does it take to heal if this in fact is sesamoiditis? Is refraining from my exercise the best way to deal with this? If so, how long do I have to refrain?

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  1. Foot-com

    Thank you for the question. Due to the duration of your pain I would recommend seeing a Podiatrist who can better evaluate you. The great toe joint and supporting structures is a complex arrangement of collateral ligaments, tendons and sesamoid bones. I would recommend getting an xray to ensure that you did not fracture a sesamoid. Depending on your symptoms and area of pain, the Podiatrist may recommend an injection, topical anti-inflammatories or immobilization and off-loading. With the proper diagnosis a more accurate treatment protocol can be created which will ensure the fastest recovery. Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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