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Sesamoid Fracture

Sesamoid Fractures Are Subtle and Can Happen Without Obvious Injury


Updated July 26, 2010

Sesamoid Fracture
(c) Jason Cartwright
The sesamoid bones are two small, pea-shaped bones at the base of the big toe. Sesamoid fractures can happen from some sort of trauma -- like dropping something heavy on your foot or jumping onto a hard surface -- or they can happen over time from chronic stress.

Sesamoid fractures are very painful but not overly dramatic. As you can see from the picture, sesamoid fractures can be pretty subtle.

Any opinions expressed here are for educational purposes only and are not intended for diagnosis.

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