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By Foot First Podiatry Center
December 07, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Sesamoiditis   Sesamoid  

What is Sesamoiditis?

Sesamoids are small bones that are only connected to tendons or surrounded in muscle. This only appears in a few places in the body, one of which is the foot. Two very tiny sesamoids are found in the underside of the foot near the big toe. One is on the outer side of the foot and the other bone is close to the middle of the foot. This structure provides a smooth surface for the tendons to slide over, which helps the tendons move muscles. They help with weight bearing and also help to elevate the bones of the big toe. So now that you know what sesamoids are, you might be wondering what sesamoiditis is and what its symptoms are.

Sesamoiditis

Just like any other bone, sesamoids can unfortunately fracture. The tendons surrounding the sesamoids may also become irritated or inflamed and this is what sesamoiditis is. Sesamoiditis is also a form of tendonitis and is a common condition among ballerinas, runners, and baseball catchers due to the pressure that is constantly placed on their feet.

Symptoms of Sesamoiditis

Symptoms of Sesamoiditis may include:

  • Pain under the big toe or ball of the foot
  • Swelling and/or bruising
  • Difficulty in bending and straightening the big toe

Treating Sesamoiditis

Treatments include:

  • Resting and stopping any activity that could be causing pain and inflammation
  • Anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen and aspirin only after consulting your physician
  • Icing the sole of the foot
  • Wearing soft-soled and low-heeled shoes
  • Cushioning inserts in the shoes

If symptoms persist after treatments, you may need to wear a removable brace for 4-6 weeks to help the bones heal. Call your podiatrist today to ask any questions about sesamoiditis and get on your way to pain-free feet once again!

Lake Zurich senior Alex Milner crossed the finish line in a 3,200-meter run at Lake County Invitational. Even though Milner did not win the Lake County title, he did set a school record by finishing 9 minutes, 18.70 seconds.  Milner earlier this year encountered pain in his left foot, and like many runners he just simply ignored it. Milner continued to feel pain and went to see a doctor. He was diagnosed with sesamoiditis, a condition that caused inflammation to his left foot. Even though, he faced a problematic condition, Milner still reached his goal.  

If you are experience foot pain you think might be related to sesamoiditis, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist immediate Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladhacan diagnose your sesamoiditis and provide the appropriate treatment options.

What is Sesamoiditis?

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

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