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What Is Sesamoiditis and What Does It Have to Do With My Feet?

Sesamoiditis is when the tendons attached to the sesamoids (bones connected by tendons to muscles) become inflamed. While the kneecap is the biggest sesamoid in the body, there are smaller sesamoids near the big toe on the bottom of the foot. Sesamoiditis is the term most often used to describe this condition in reference to the foot, and tendonitis is more likely to be used when related to the kneecap. Sesamoiditis can develop from overuse or trauma of the tendons connected to small bones in the front of the foot. Athletes, dancers, and those who wear high heels or improperly fitting shoes are more often plagued by this disorder. Pain usually occurs slowly under the ball of the foot, and swelling or bruising may be noticed. The big toe may become immobile, and there can be a popping sensation when walking. It is a good idea to consult a podiatrist, who can examine and diagnose the affected foot using an X-ray, a bone scan, an ultrasound, or an MRI. While orthotics and anti-inflammatory medications may be suggested, sesamoiditis can often heal with rest and be prevented with lifestyle changes. Surgery is a last resort.

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 New York. 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 Ozone Park, and Manhasset, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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