Managing Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a chronic condition caused by frequent pressure and resulting in irritation and painful inflammation of the sesamoid bones and surrounding tissues. Sesamoid bones are small bones in the feet that are embedded within tendons and play a vital role in foot biomechanics. Sesamoid bones are under the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP, joint of the big toe. These tiny bones act as a fulcrum of sorts, providing stability to the foot and offering protection and shock absorption for the nearby joints and tendons. Sesamoiditis can be caused by various factors, including damage to the sesamoid bones themselves, joint deformities, such as bunions, as well as conditions like gout, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis. Certain lifestyle factors, consisting of wearing frequently high heels or engaging in high impact sports, can aggravate the sesamoid bones and result in pain. Differences in arches, body weight, and the size of sesamoids can add to the risk of inflammation. Symptoms typically start mildly and can worsen with continued strain, with pain often concentrated in the ball of the foot. If you believe you are suffering from sesamoiditis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and options  for treating this condition effectively.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Craig Foster, DPM of Traction Podiatry Group. 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 Gilbert, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.