Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Causes of Sesamoid Problems

The sesamoid bones are two small, round bones located beneath the big toe joint, embedded within a tendon. While these bones are essential for foot function, they are susceptible to various issues. One common cause of sesamoid problems is excessive pressure or repetitive stress, often seen in athletes, particularly those engaging in activities like running, dancing, or ballet. High-heeled shoes can also put extra pressure on these bones, leading to discomfort. Injuries, such as a direct blow to the sesamoids or a forceful hyperextension of the big toe, can result in fractures or inflammation. Additionally, foot structure abnormalities like a high arch or a pronated foot can increase the risk of sesamoiditis. Conditions such as osteoarthritis or gout can contribute to sesamoid issues by affecting the surrounding joints. Wearing proper footwear, orthotic support, and rest are often essential components of treatment, while severe cases may require surgical intervention. If you have pain under the big toe, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat sesamoiditis.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Gerald Erskine, DPM of Seneca Family Footcare. 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 Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Sesamoiditis

Connect With Us

scroll to top