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A Closer Look at Foot Pain From Sesamoiditis

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Sesamoiditis, while not a widely recognized term, is a relatively common condition that can cause discomfort in the feet. It occurs when there is inflammation or irritation of the sesamoid bones, two small, pea-shaped bones that are located beneath the big toe. These tiny bones play a significant role in weight-bearing and help control the tendons that flex and move the toe. Sesamoiditis is often associated with repetitive stress, particularly in activities such as dancing, running, or high-impact sports, which place a strain on the forefoot. A common symptom is persistent pain in the ball of the foot, just beneath the big toe. This pain can be sharp or dull, and it typically worsens with activities that involve pushing off the toes, like running or jumping. Understanding sesamoiditis is crucial for those experiencing foot pain in this area, as it can be effectively managed. If you have pain or discomfort in this area of your foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose, treat, and manage 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 Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, LLC. 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 one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palatka, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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