There are so many tiny, intricate parts of your foot and seemingly, any one of them can cause you trouble depending on your lifestyle! One issue that a tiny structure in the tendons of your feet can cause is Sesamoiditis. The two pea-sized bones in your feet, called sesamoids, are tiny, but they have a big job. They act as pulleys, making it possible for your big toe to move and push off when you’re walking.
Who suffers from sesamoiditis?
If you’re a ballet dancer, tennis player, golfer, sprinter, or baseball player, you’ve likely heard about sesamoiditis. Both professionals and amateur participants of these sports are often afflicted because of the amount of weight they place on their big toe joint throughout a dance or a game. Sesamoiditis can be caused by tightness in the toe flexors. To offset tightness in that area, stretch the toe and those tendons four times a day for 2 minutes.
One of the first signs of sesamoiditis is a dull ache under your big toe. Other symptoms include:
- Tenderness in the ball of your foot
- Swelling underneath the big toe joint
- Bruising underneath the big toe joint
- Pain when moving your big toe joint
- Inability to put weight on the joint
How is Sesamoiditis treated?
Sesamoiditis is a condition that patients often self-misdiagnose since the symptoms are similar to other conditions. It’s important to have one of our trained podiatrists examine your feet to evaluate. A foot doctor may take x-rays or utilize other imaging studies to see what is happening internally.
If the podiatrist does determine a case of sesamoiditis, they will recommend one of many non-surgical treatment options. If it’s very painful, they might prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to ease walking. Other treatments include:
- RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
- Physical therapy
- Orthotics to reposition the foot
- Brace the joint or tape it to keep it bent downward, relieving tension
- Steroid injections near the painful joint
If you are experiencing pain in the ball of your foot, or any other foot or ankle issue, call us today. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your feet. We provide the best in foot and ankle care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!