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Managing Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is an inflammation of the sesamoid bones, which are two small bones embedded in the tendons beneath the big toe joint. These bones help to absorb the weight placed on the ball of the foot and assist with movement. Sesamoiditis occurs when these bones are subjected to excessive stress or repetitive pressure, often seen in activities like running, dancing, or wearing high-heeled shoes. Athletes, dancers, and individuals with high foot arches are particularly prone to sesamoiditis. Symptoms include pain in the ball of the foot, swelling, and difficulty bending the big toe. The pain typically worsens with activity and improves with rest. Preventing sesamoiditis involves wearing properly fitting, supportive shoes, avoiding high heels, and using orthotic inserts to distribute pressure evenly across the foot. Diagnosis is typically made through a physical examination and imaging tests such as X-rays. Treatment options include rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and cushioning pads to alleviate pressure. In severe cases, a podiatrist may recommend a period of immobilization or even surgery. Complications from untreated sesamoiditis can include chronic pain and difficulty with movement. If you have pain in this area of your foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and an effective treatment plan.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Charles Passet, DPM of Forest Hills. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.


Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Forest Hills, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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