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Common Symptoms of Sesamoiditis

A foot injury can lead to inflammation and irritation of the sesamoid bones which is known as sesamoiditis. Prompt medical attention is often needed and failure to do so may lead to additional inflammation of the surrounding tendons and ligaments. The pain of this foot condition is often felt in the ball of the foot directly under the joint in the big toe. It can be difficult to walk, and the pain may intensify when the big toe is stretched. Many patients often have a limited range of motion in the big toe, and it may be hard to straighten the toe. Sesamoiditis can occur when the pressure on the ball of the foot is increased, and this may happen from frequently participating in running and jumping activities. Existing foot structures like high arches and bony feet may contribute to sesamoiditis. If you have pain in this part of your foot or exhibit any of the above symptoms, please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat sesamoiditis.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact one of our podiatrists of Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors 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 offices located in Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, and Tamarac, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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