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Who Is at Risk for Sesamoiditis?

Sesamoiditis is a condition that affects the sesamoid bones, which can be found below the joint of the big toe. If you are a dancer or jogger, you may find that you experience pain in this area. You may also be susceptible to this condition if you have high arches, wear high heels, or have bunions. Symptoms to look out for are redness, swelling and warmth near the joint of the big toe. The level of pain may change depending on how supportive your shoe is. A podiatrist will be able to determine if you have sesamoiditis. There are a few treatment options for this ailment. First, you should find new, thick-soled shoes. Additionally, you can find orthotics that decrease the pressure surrounding the sesamoid bones. If you think you may have sesamoiditis, it is recommended that you contact a podiatrist in order to discuss an effective treatment plan.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Jeffrey Wachtel of Wachtel Family Foot Care. Our doctor 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 Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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