Limping Or Shifting Weight On Foot
The pain associated with sesamoiditis causes many patients to walk with a limp or shifting weight on foot. Naturally, these gait abnormalities can make it difficult for the patient to engage in sports or even in normal daily activities, and they may increase the likelihood of falls. Since limping or shifting weight on the foot may be signs of a more serious condition or may indicate additional foot problems, an orthopedist or another doctor should properly evaluate these symptoms. During the appointment, doctors will ask about how and when the injury occurred.
Doctors will examine the patient's affected foot and toes and compare it with the unaffected side. They may also examine other areas of the lower limb, including the ankle, knee, and hip to rule out different conditions. Patients will likely be asked to walk so the doctor can observe the limp and any other abnormalities in the patient's overall gait. Following a gait evaluation, physical therapy may sometimes be recommended to restore normal function, fluidity, and strength in the foot and gait. Physical therapists can suggest a series of exercises to build endurance in the toes and foot. One common exercise called marble pickups involves picking up a marble between two toes and placing it in a cup.