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Sesamoiditis and Big Toe Pain

Sesamoiditis is a condition that affects the sesamoid bones, which are located under the base of the big toe. These bones, enclosed within tendons, can become inflamed due to an acute injury or chronic overuse. Other possible causes of this affliction include stress fractures, infection, or autoimmune disorders. Symptoms often include pain during walking, or when forcefully pulling the big toe upwards, causing pressure on the sesamoid bones. Relief may come from wearing shoes with adequate cushioning, using shoe inserts or orthotics, rest, and taking anti-inflammatory medication. If more conservative treatments are not successful, surgery may be an option. If you have pain in your big toe, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Scott Peters of Ankle & Foot Walk-In Clinic. 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 Mayfield Village, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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