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Toe Pain May Be Caused by Sesamoiditis

The sesamoid bones of the feet are small yet significant structures embedded within tendons under the big toe. They play a vital role in joint stabilization and the ability to raise the toe. Sesamoiditis usually results from post-traumatic or degenerative causes, causing localized pain and swelling, with tenderness over the affected bones. Factors contributing to sesamoiditis include osteoarthritis, foot deformities, and high-impact activities. Other potential causes of sesamoiditis include wearing high heels, increased body weight, running on the forefoot, and a larger size of sesamoids. Treatment may include footwear modifications and orthotic shoe inserts. In severe cases, steroid injections or surgery may be necessary to alleviate symptoms and prevent further complications. Seeking a prompt evaluation by a podiatrist is essential. If you are experiencing persistent toe pain or suspect sesamoiditis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, a diagnosis, and appropriate treatment options. 

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM of Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner 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 Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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