What is Sesamoiditis?
The most common symptom of Sesamoiditis is pain in the ball-of-the-foot, under the big toe at the ball of the foot. Sesmoid bones are tiny bones within the tendons that run to the big toe. These bones help to aid in the bending of the big toe. Every time you push off against the toe the sesamoids are involved, and eventually they can become irritated, even fractured. Sesamoid problems often don’t heal on their own – if you are having pain under the ball of your foot, call today for an appointment.
Sesamoiditis as a mild ache to an intense throbbing. One of the major causes of sesamoiditis is increased activity. Speedwork, hill work, or even increased mileage can cause this. Also, if you have a high arched foot, you will naturally put more pressure on the balls-of-your-feet.
Treatment for sesamoiditis is almost always noninvasive, rarely is surgery necessary but may be an option if conservative care fails. Our first goal is to reduce pressure on the sesamoid bones. Minor cases call for:
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