A little bit of information about me: I'm in high school, and have been fencing for just shy of two years competitively. I go to practice for two hours twice a week. I fence sabre. In late June of this year (2018) I began to experience some dull pain in the ball of my right (leading) foot. It felt just like a bruise, and when it didn't go away immediately I assumed it was a bone bruise since I've had one on my foot before and it felt the exact same. A week or two after this started I starting have pain in my right knee while fencing and going up and down stairs. I bought a brace to wear on it while I fence, which helps significantly. I believe that the knee pain (and pain in my back knee) came from altered gait while walking with my foot injured. When my foot didn't heal after two and a half months I went to the podiatrist who told me I had sesamoiditis, which is the inflammation of one of two small bones in the ball of your foot. She gave me a dancers pad to wear, and told me to come back in three weeks. The pad helped keep pressure off my foot while I walked, but there wasn't any noticeable improvement. At my follow up she told me to continue wearing the dancer's pad for another three weeks, and if it wasn't better by then we could try other options such as a cortisone injection. I've been taking a break from fencing since then, but have noticed only negligible improvement in my foot. I have an important tournament coming up next week that I do not want to miss. My appointment is three days before the tournament. After that tournament, fencing season will start up hard and fast for me, and I'll be competing regularly. Have any of you ever struggled with sesamoiditis? How long did it take to resolve, and what treatments did you use? And if anyone has ever had a cortisone injection did it work well, and for how long? I've been training hard for this season for months, and don't want to have to miss any tournaments if I can help it, but with my foot I don't know if I'll be able to attend them all. Is there any way for me to fence without irritating it further, or a way to heal it faster than Wolverine? It's now October, five months after this started, will it ever heal?