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Dr. Larissa Roux

MD MPH, PhD, CCFP Dip Sports Medicine Physician Vancouver, BC

Larissa Roux, MD FRCP Dip Sport Med, MPH, PhD, discusses sesamoiditis, a common foot injury.

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Dr. Roux is a primary care sport medicine physician and a public health scientist. She is fascinated by the capacity of the human body to excel and to heal following insult, and its remarkable ability to adapt to a variety of circumstances. She has worked with many high-level athletes and performing artists across North America, but is most energized when working with a multidisciplinary team to provide care to a wide spectrum of recreational athletes.

Dr. Roux’s clients range from children to seniors, who have suffered from either acute or chronic musculoskeletal injuries. In addition to enjoying the evaluation and management of a full spectrum of musculoskeletal concerns, she has extensive training in obesity prevention. She is an active member of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine. Now Health Network

What is Sesamoiditis of the Big Toe?

Larissa Roux, MD FRCP Dip Sport Med, MPH, PhD, discusses sesamoiditis, a common foot injury.

Sesamoiditis refers to the painful inflammation around two little bones in the foot, called sesamoids, or, like sesame seeds if you will, that sit on the under surface of the distal joint of the big toe.

They’re unusual in the fact that they are floating bones that are not connected to any other bones. Rather, they sit within the tendon that controls the motion of the great toe, and they provide a gliding surface for that tendon.

With dancing repeated pressure at this site from going into the demi-pointe position results in pain and inflammation of these sesamoid bones. It’s made worse with direct pressure at the site and from straightening and bending the great toe.

This condition can be quite painful and slow to heal. Treatment consists of rest, ice, not doing the things that aggravate the problem as well as making sure that one gets an x ray to rule out the possibility of a fracture of these bones themselves. Taping can be helpful as well as using pads placed directly under the bones to relieve pressure at that point. Local Physiotherapist 

If you feel you may be suffering from this inflammatory condition, please don’t hesitate to seek help from your local sports medicine physician and physiotherapist.

Presenter: Dr. Larissa Roux, Sports Medicine Physician, Vancouver, BC

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