Sesamoiditis is a common foot condition that causes pain and inflammation in the sesamoid bones, which are small bones located under the big toe joint. At The Foot Clinic, we understand that sesamoiditis can be painful and affect your daily life. That’s why we offer effective treatments and education to help you manage your sesamoiditis.
What is sesamoiditis?
Sesamoiditis occurs when the sesamoid bones become inflamed, usually due to overuse or injury. The sesamoid bones are small bones located under the big toe joint and help the foot push off the ground during walking and running.
What causes sesamoiditis?
Sesamoiditis can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Overuse: Activities that involve repeated pressure on the ball of the foot, such as running or dancing, can cause sesamoiditis.
Foot structure: People with high arches or who have a long first metatarsal bone may be more prone to sesamoiditis.
Footwear: Wearing shoes with thin soles or high heels can increase the pressure on the sesamoid bones and lead to sesamoiditis.
Injury: A sudden injury, such as a fall or direct blow to the foot, can cause sesamoiditis.
How is sesamoiditis treated?
At The Foot Clinic, we offer a range of treatments for sesamoiditis, including:
Rest and ice: Resting the foot and applying ice can help reduce inflammation and pain.
Custom orthotics: We can create custom orthotics that provide cushioning and support for the sesamoid bones.
Footwear modifications: We can recommend footwear modifications, such as wearing shoes with a low heel and a soft sole, to help reduce pressure on the sesamoid bones.
Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended to help manage pain and inflammation.
Physical therapy: Physical therapy exercises can help stretch and strengthen the muscles in the foot and improve gait.
Injection therapy: In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to reduce inflammation and pain.
Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the affected sesamoid bone.
While not all cases of sesamoiditis can be prevented, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing the condition, including:
Wearing properly fitted shoes: Choose shoes with a low heel and a soft sole, and avoid shoes with thin soles or high heels.
Stretching: Regular stretching exercises can help improve flexibility in the feet and reduce the risk of injury.
Gradual increase in activity: If you’re starting a new activity or exercise program, gradually increase the intensity and duration to reduce the risk of overuse injuries.