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A Guide to Sesamoiditis March 19, 2019

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A Guide to Sesamoiditis, Manhattan, New York

Given that the feet are key to mobility, discomfort in this part of the body can compromise your quality of life. If your foot doctor has recently diagnosed you with sesamoiditis or you have unexplained pain in your feet, understanding of the condition is important. Here’s what you need to know about this disorder.

What You Need to Know About Sesamoiditis

What is Sesamoiditis?

Sesamoids are the bones in the body that aren’t connected to other bones. They’re found in the hands, feet, and knees. Embedded in muscles or tendons for support, these bones act as pulleys, offering a smooth surface for tendons to glide over. Sesamoiditis occurs when the tendons around these bones become inflamed. Though anyone can experience sesamoiditis, it’s most commonly seen in those who rely on their feet the most, such as ballet dancers and runners.

What Are the Symptoms? 

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The sesamoids in the feet are located below the big toe. Gradually increasing pain in this area is usually the first indication of the condition. Pain often starts off as a mild ache and gradually becomes a painful throbbing. Swelling and bruising are possible, but not always present. You may find yourself compensating by walking on other areas of your foot to compensate. This can lead to heel and arch pain. See a foot doctor as soon as possible to avoid further pain or damage. 

What Treatments Are Available? 

Your foot doctor will perform an examination of your foot and possibly take x-rays to rule out a fracture. Upon diagnosis of sesamoiditis, there will be several treatment options presented. In many cases the solution for sesamoiditis is simply staying off the foot and icing it. Pain can be managed with over-the-counter analgesics. Stiff-soled shoes or custom-made insoles to keep added pressure off the area are recommended for times when you must be on your feet. Taping of the big toe to keep it slightly bent is also helpful. In severe cases, when other treatments haven’t helped, surgery may be necessary. 


The foot doctors at Progressive Foot Care in Midtown Manhattan, NY, have been helping people get back on their feet since 2014. From athlete’s foot to more complex podiatric issues that may require surgery, Dr. Steven Ea and Dr. Behrooz Mandanipour and their team of medical professionals provide the attentive care you need. With a convenient location and extended hours, you’ll be able to get an appointment when you need it. Check out their video or find them on Facebook to learn more. Read testimonials from satisfied patients online or call them today at (212) 244-7670 to schedule an appointment.  

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