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Causes and Symptoms of Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis, a condition affecting the sesamoid bones located beneath the big toe joint, merits attention for its impact on foot health. These small bones serve as pulleys, aiding in movement and weight distribution during activities like walking and running. Sesamoiditis arises from inflammation or injury to these bones, often due to repetitive stress or trauma. High-impact activities, wearing improper footwear, and sudden increases in physical activity can strain the sesamoids, leading to irritation and inflammation. Symptoms of sesamoiditis typically include pain and tenderness in the ball of the foot, particularly beneath the big toe. Swelling, difficulty bearing weight, and limited range of motion may also manifest. The discomfort associated with sesamoiditis can significantly impede daily activities and diminish quality of life. If you have pain in this area of your foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can successfully 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 Gabe Rodriguez, DPM of Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. 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 our office located in Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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