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How Do Sesamoid Bones Become Inflamed?

There are two bones that lie in the tendons beneath the joint in the big toe. These are known as the sesamoid bones, and their function is to help the foot to push off while walking. People who frequently run may experience a condition that is called sesamoiditis. This can happen when the sesamoid bones become inflamed from excessive pressure and the impact the bones endure while running. Symptoms that many people have with this condition can be a sudden sharp pain, which may indicate a fracture has happened. More commonly, a burning pain may occur, which may be a sign of nerve damage. Additionally, the ball of the foot can be tender while walking on it, and it may feel like there is a pebble in the shoe. Poor foot mechanics may lead to developing sesamoiditis, and the tendon that houses the sesamoid bones may be tight. This condition can negatively impact completing daily activities, and it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist if you have any of the above symptoms.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Vivian C. Iwu, DPM of Choice Podiatry Center. Our doctor 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 office located in Marietta, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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