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Sesamoiditis - When Your Foot’s Pulley System Breaks Down


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6/7/2013
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Most of us don’t think about or pay much attention to our feet until they hurt. When they do, it is not often clear what the cause of the problem is. Our feet are extremely complex. Did you know that ¼ of the bones in your body are found in your feet?

A common condition that causes foot pain has to do with two small bones located in your foot called the sesamoids. They are found on the bottom of your foot under the big toe joint. Even though they are as small as a kernel of corn, they play a big role in helping to distribute pressure when you move. They act like little pulleys, giving tendons a smooth surface to glide over. They help bear the weight in your foot and help elevate the bones of the big toe.

These bones can only take so much stress. When these bones become irritated, inflamed or even fractured, the condition is referred to as sesamoiditis. Repetitive running, jumping and certain injuries to the big toe joint can result in the development of sesamoiditis. When patients with sesamoiditis come to see Dr. Harvey Danciger, a foot specialist in Palm Desert, CA, they often complain of:

  • Sharp pain under the big toe joint
  • Dull ache or discomfort on the ball of your foot
  • Pain when walking
  • Pain when barefoot

Similar to many other foot and ankle problems, sesamoiditis has the best chance of healing when treatment is sought early. Dr. Danciger may use shoe modifications, anti-inflammatory medications, cushioning pads, custom orthotics or a walking boot to help relieve pressure on the area.

If the symptoms above describe what you are feeling, please call us today for help. Make an appointment with Dr. Danciger by calling our podiatric office at (760) 568 - 0108 or contact us online.



Category: Foot & Ankle Injuries

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle

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