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Who Is Prone to Getting Sesamoiditis?

The sesamoid bones are connected to other bones by tendons, and they are the only ones that are not connected to other bones by joints. They may also be found embedded in the muscles throughout the body, and two of them are located in the foot. They are found underneath the foot, and they help to move the big toe. Additionally, they support the weight of the body, and sesamoiditis may occur when the surrounding tendons become inflamed or irritated. Ballet dancers, runners, and baseball catchers may be prone to developing this condition, which can be a result of excess force that is placed on the feet while participating in these activities. People who have high arches or who have medical conditions, such as osteoarthritis, may get sesamoiditis, and the bones may become weakened. Common symptoms that can accompany this condition include bruising, swelling, and it may be difficult to straighten or bend the big toe. Treatment generally begins when the activity is stopped that caused this condition, and elevating the foot may reduce the swelling. If you have foot pain, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose sesamoiditis, and guide you toward the right 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 one of our podiatrists of Houston Foot and Ankle. 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 our offices located in Kingwood, Humble, The Woodlands, and Conroe, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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