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Sesamoiditis and Bone Pain in the Feet

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Sesamoiditis, a condition caused by inflammation of the sesamoid bones located beneath the big toe joint, can pose significant discomfort and mobility challenges. These small, pea-sized bones play a vital role in weight-bearing and stabilizing the foot during activities like walking and running. When subjected to excessive pressure or repetitive stress, the sesamoid bones may become inflamed, leading to symptoms such as sharp or dull pain beneath the big toe joint, and swelling. Sesamoiditis typically manifests as a gradual onset of pain, worsening with activity and improving with rest. Activities that involve pushing off the toes, such as jumping or running, may worsen symptoms. Diagnosis of sesamoiditis involves a comprehensive evaluation by a podiatrist, including a physical examination and possibly imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans. If you have pain under the big toe, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with effective treatment solutions.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Abeer M. Foteh, DPM of Greater Houston Foot Centers. 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 Baytown, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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