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Sesamoiditis – Causes & Treatment

Are you experiencing a dull pain that comes and goes in the ball of your foot?  Read on, you may have sesamoiditis.

What is sesamoiditis?

Most bones in your body are connected to one another at joints. The sesamoid bones are not. They are either attached to tendons or are found deep in muscles. Your kneecap is the largest sesamoid and two others are found in the ball of your foot near your big toe. These two tiny bones are the size of corn kernels but when they get irritated, the pain can be intense.

The two small sesamoids in your foot actually help support the weight of your body. They also give surrounding tendons a smooth surface to glide over which helps your muscles when walking or running. Sesamoiditis develops when these bones become irritated, inflamed or even broken. With sesamoiditis, you may feel a consistent dull pain below your big toe joint. It is common for the pain to come and go, as you are involved in activity.

You can develop sesamoiditis from overuse. Sports or activities that put a lot of repetitive stress on the ball of your foot, such as running, football, dance or golf can irritate the sesamoid bones. Ladies, wearing high heels on a regular basis can cause sesamoiditis as well.

What can be done to help sesamoiditis?

Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt, foot specialists in Dallas and Plano, TX see this condition regularly. Treatment may involve taping, anti-inflammatory medicine, rest and ice, change of footwear, immobilization, orthotics or physical therapy. They can assess the severity of the problem and provide treatment tailored just for you. If the symptoms explained here describe what you’re feeling, call our podiatric office today for help at (972) 566-7474 in Dallas or (972) 943-3323 in Plano.

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Derrick W.

The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.

Joseph B.

I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.

Jeannette H.

Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.

Meryl E.

I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.

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Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.

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