5 Treatments for Sesamoiditis


The sesamoid bones are two small free-floating bones that are located in the ball of your foot.  They are surrounded by soft tissue and tendons that can become irritated and inflamed from stress and pressure causing a condition called sesamoiditis. 

These two small bones help you stand up and put weight on your feet, while also helping you move your toes. When surrounding tendons become injured, they can cause considerable pain in the ball of the foot and may contribute to a chronic stiff condition of the big toe known as hallux rigidus. 

Some treatments for sesamoiditis include the following:

  1. Footwear with softer soles—Sneakers and canvas shoes are a good choice

  2. Activity modification—Cease the activity that is causing the stress to the ball of the foot so it has time to rest and heal

  3. NSAIDS—Ibuprofen will help reduce pain and swelling

  4. Massage the ball of the foot—Gentle massage can provide some relief

  5. Orthotic inserts and padding—Pads provide extra support and custom orthotic inserts can help isolate the ball of the foot and decrease stress on the sesamoid bones

Since sesamoiditis can become chronic and lead to other foot problems, it's very important to stop doing activities that add too much pressure and stress to the ball of the foot. 

Sesamoiditis can be difficult to diagnose and treat, so be sure to see your podiatrist for the proper care. At E.J. Nemet, DPM in Ohio, Dr. E.J. Nemet treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.