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Nursing Beyond the Vital Signs

Nursing is so much more than simply popping a thermometer in a patient's mouth or recording a blood pressure. In my time as a nurse, I have participated in life saving efforts when time was critical, I have held a mother's hands when her newborn baby was being prepped for surgery, and I have looked into the terrified eyes of an elderly person in pain. Nurses literally go into battle, serving in military operations all over the world. They also learn and implement the latest in medical technology. This blog is to highlight nurses and prove that they deserve respect and appreciation for all that they do.

Three People Who Have An Increased Risk Of Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a common foot condition that can cause considerable discomfort when you're standing and walking. It affects the sesamoid bones at the base of the big toe, as well as the tendon around them. If you believe that you've developed this foot condition, you'll want to meet with a local foot doctor as promptly as possible. They can recommend multiple treatment options for you, including some simple lifestyle changes that you can implement. While lots of different people can develop sesamoiditis, there are some people who are particularly at risk of this condition. Here are three such individuals.

Those Who Stand

You have a higher probability of developing sesamoiditis if you spend a lot of time each day standing. A common example is if you stand for work. For example, if you work in a customer service role at a store, you might stand for the majority of your shift. Bartenders and restaurant servers also stand for virtually their entire shift. The pressure on the sesamoid bones that occurs while you stand can increase your risk of sesamoiditis. The risk may be even higher if you stand for long periods while wearing high heels, as this type of footwear shifts more of your weight onto the front of your foot.


Athletes also have a higher risk of contending with sesamoiditis. Not only do many athletes spend a lot of time on their feet, but they also experience a lot of foot impact during their athletic activities. For example, a basketball player will do a lot of running and jumping, both of which put pressure on the sesamoid bones. Even if you're just a casual jogger, you may have a heightened risk of this foot condition because of the thousands of impacts that your feet experience in any given week.

Overweight Individuals

If you're overweight, you have a higher probability of suffering from sesamoiditis. Because you're carrying around some extra weight, there is more pressure on your sesamoid bones — as well as the other areas of your feet — when you walk or simply stand. If you've had the symptoms of sesamoiditis for a period of time and have steadily gained weight, you may find that your symptoms are becoming more evident. It's important to take action to keep your sesamoiditis from affecting your quality of life. A local foot doctor will be able to diagnose the condition and offer treatment.

For more information, contact a local foot doctor.