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Diagnosing Sesamoiditis

Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

Sesamoiditis is a result of inflammation of the tendons in the foot that attach to the sesamoid bones. The main symptom associated with this condition is pain under the ball of the foot, which can lead to swelling or bruising. A physical examination is necessary in order to diagnose sesamoiditis. First, your doctor will check for tenderness and move your toe into various angles. While the doctor is moving your toe, they are gauging your flexibility and pain level. If the doctor suspects sesamoiditis, then they will most likely recommend you get an X-ray. An X-ray will help determine whether the foot pain is a result of a fracture or sesamoiditis, by illustrating whether the bones have smooth or jagged edges. In certain cases, bone scans may be required in order to make a proper diagnosis. A bone scan uses a small amount of dye to create special imaging that is more detailed than an X-ray. If you believe you may have sesamoiditis, then it is highly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist to properly diagnose and treat your condition.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact the podiatrists of Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctors 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 Hamilton Township, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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