How to Treat Sesamoiditis


When the soft tissue surrounding the two tiny sesamoid bones in the ball of your foot becomes overly irritated and stressed, sesamoiditis is often the result. The sesamoid bones help you stand and support the weight. They also help you to move your toes.

When the tendons that connect the tiny bones to the rest of your foot are injured it can cause considerable pain in the ball of your foot. If left untreated the condition can worsen and possibly lead to extreme stiffness in your big toe (hallux rigidus).

Walking on hard surfaces all day for work can bring on sesamoiditis and people who have high arches are more likely to have trouble with sesamoiditis. Wearing high heeled shoes is also a risk factor.

Treatments for sesamoiditis include the following:

●     Stop the activity that is causing the inflammation around the sesamoid bones.

●     Rest the foot and use ice and elevation to decrease swelling.

●     Ibuprofen may also be used for pain and swelling.

●     Massaging the ball of the foot may decrease pain.

●     Soft-soled shoes such as sneakers and sandals can help prevent stress.

●     Pads and custom orthotic inserts will provide proper support for the sesamoid bones and isolate them from weight bearing so they can heal.

●     MLS laser therapy is excellent for treating soft tissue injuries like sesamoiditis.

Sesamoiditis is often difficult to treat and may worsen over time without proper intervention from your foot doctor. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.