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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 14, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Pain   swelling   Sesamoiditis  

Unless you’re in the medical profession or you can remember back to your anatomy and physiology class, you may not be familiar with sesamoids. These tiny bones occur only in a few places in the body and what makes them unique is that they are connected only to tendons or embedded in muscle. In your foot, the sesamoids are on the bottom of your foot up near the big toe. No bigger than a corn kernel, these bones create a smooth surface for the tendons to glide over as they pass on muscle forces. The sesamoids in your feet enable you to elevate the big toe bones and they also help with weight bearing. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we treat patients whose sesamoids have fractured or become irritated--a condition known as sesamoiditis.

Sesamoids Gone Bad

Sesamoiditis is actually a form of tendonitis and when excessive and repetitive is exerted on the sesamoid they can become inflamed or injured. That’s why it’s a disorder we frequently see in runners, baseball catchers and ballet dancers. Signs of sesamoiditis include:

  • Pain in the ball of your foot or under the big toe
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Difficulty bending and straightening the toe

Getting Relief

If you are experiencing these symptoms, make an appointment at our Pooler office. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will do a complete examination of your foot and also ask questions about your medical history and recent activities. If sesamoiditis is the diagnosis, the foot doctor will want you to take a break from the activity that is putting pressure on the sesamoids. In addition, the podiatrist will most likely recommend one or more of the following noninvasive treatments:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin to reduce 
  • pain and inflammation
  • Icing the bottom of your foot
  • Steroidal injections to decrease swelling
  • Padding or cushioning in your shoes to protect and limit stress to the affected area
  • Using low-heeled shoes that have soft soles

Contact us by calling: 912-330-8885 if you suspect you may be suffering from sesamoiditis.

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