Sesamoiditis is a fairly common and painful malady that is caused by inflammation of the tissues that surround the two sesamoid bones in the ball of your foot. These are floating bones that have no direct hard connection to the rest of your foot and they are encompassed and held in place by the tendons and other tissues. Your kneecap is also a free-floating sesamoid bone.
The sesamoid bones are very small bones, and they absorb considerable pressure during walking, running, sporting activities, and even while standing. If you have severe pain when you bend your big toe and the ball of your foot looks red and swollen then you may have this condition. Keep in mind that other conditions like neuromas and metatarsalgia have similar symptoms, so see your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and the best plan for treatment.
Treatments for sesamoiditis
Noninvasive treatments are often successful and include the following:
- Resting and icing to reduce initial swelling
- Wearing shoes with a lower heel cup and softer soles to reduce the pressure on the bones
- Steroid medications
- Special braces and orthotic inserts
For sesamoiditis that doesn’t respond well to conservative treatments, surgery may be necessary.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from sesamoiditis, see your foot doctor for expert care. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.