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Where Are the Sesamoid Bones?

Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

The medical condition that is known as sesamoiditis can cause pain in the joints of the big toe. It can happen as a result of inflammation of the sesamoid bones, which are two bones that are found beneath that joint. These particular bones are found inside tendons that are attached to the bones, and if an injury occurs, the entire area may become painful, which may cause difficulty in walking. The sesamoid bones may be impacted if an injury occurs, or if there is an abnormal foot structure present. Relief may be found when the injured foot is elevated, as this may diminish a portion of existing pain and swelling. If you feel you have pain in this part of your foot, and are exhibiting symptoms of sesamoiditis, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact one of the podiatrists of JE Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Fleming Island and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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