Sesamoid bones are found within the joint of the big toe.  The great toe joint has two sesamoid bones referred to as the tibial and fibular sesamoids.  They protect the large tendon that pulls the toe down against the ground when the individual is in motion.  Because of their location and the forces they endure, these sesamoid bones are vulnerable to inflammation.  The resulting pain is usually experienced after activity.  Some causes of sesamoiditis include running, jumping from a height, and wearing shoes with little cushioning.  A careful physical examination and x-rays are used to determine if the result is an inflammation.  If it is found to be an inflammation, treatment may include, rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, foot supports and physical therapy.

            The human foot is an amazing marvel.  When it’s complex parts aren’t working together properly to allow you to walk in comfort, it’s time to seek a podiatrist’s attention for diagnosis and treatment.  As a physician who specializes in foot care for men, women, and children, a podiatrist’s extensive training provides the experience to treat a full range of foot disorders.  Have your feet got you down?  Call us at 508-757-4003 for an appointment for comprehensive foot care.  We’re located at 299 Lincoln Street, Suite 202, Worcester.


Note:  More resistant cases of sesamoiditis may be helped by an occasional cortisone injection.