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Treatments for Sesamoiditis

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

A condition known as sesamoiditis occurs when tissues that embed the two tiny sesamoid bones just under the base of the big toe become inflamed. Sesamoiditis is considered to be an overuse injury, caused when pressure is repeatedly put on the ball of the foot, especially when flexing the big toe. As a result, this injury is common among runners, football players, dancers and basketball players. Treatments vary for sesamoiditis, and experts find that a combination of them works best. Included are eliminating the activities that cause the overuse, taking pain medication, and performing certain exercises. Wearing shoes that fit properly is recommended, and wearing high-heels or any shoes that force the weight onto the ball of the foot should be avoided. In some cases, depending on the severity of the sesamoiditis, cortisone injections can be effective in reducing the symptoms of pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight. Gel and foam orthotics are often used to reduce the pain. To find out more about treating sesamoiditis, please consult a podiatrist.   

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM of Rochester Podiatry, LLP. 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 one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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