Major Toe Discomfort

Sesamoiditis is a painful condition that can be difficult to treat. However, with proper diagnosis and treatment, Sesamoiditis can be managed and the pain controlled.

Sesamoiditis is an inflammation of the sesamoid bones in the ball of the foot and the tendons they are embedded in. Sesamoid bones are small, round bones located in the soft tissue, like kneecaps beneath the big toe joint. Sesamoid bones act as a fulcrum to help the big toe pivot and also protect the tendons that attach the muscles to the big toe bone (metatarsal). Sesamoiditis most often affects young athletes who participate in running or jumping sports. Sesamoiditis can also occur in people who wear high heels or tight shoes that put pressure on the ball of the foot.

Sesamoiditis usually develops gradually, with symptoms of pain and tenderness developing slowly over time. The pain may be worse when you walk, run, or stand for long periods of time. Sesamoiditis may also cause the big toe to feel stiff and difficult to move.

If Sesamoiditis is left untreated, it can lead to the formation of a bony growth on the sesamoid bone (hypertrophy). Sesamoidectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the Sesamoid bone.

Let Us Take Care of Your Feet

If you think you may have Sesamoiditis, it is important to see your doctor or podiatrist for a diagnosis. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history and will examine your foot. They may also order X-rays or an MRI to rule out other conditions. Treatment for Sesamoiditis may include rest, ice, injections, and anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases, surgery may be necessary.  Contact our office today by calling (503) 925-6772! Our Portland podiatrists are here to help you find relief!

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