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Causes of Sesamoiditis

The sesamoid bones act like a pulley that enables the big toe to move normally. The sesamoids also absorb the weight placed on the ball of the foot. Turf toe occurs when the soft tissue surrounding the big toe is injured, which can cause sharp pain. Sesamoiditis is caused from pressure often resulting from inflammation of the sesamoid bones. This inflammation often occurs from overuse in athletic activities. People with high arches may be prone to developing sesamoiditis, as are frequent wearers of high heels. It is recommended to see a podiatrist for sesamoiditis, as they can properly diagnose and treat it.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Mark Gagnon of Advanced Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Crestwood, Orland Park, and Summit, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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