Progressive Foot Care

Sesamoiditis: Overview


A rather painful condition on the ball of the foot near the great toe is known as sesamoiditis.  Normally, we all have two small bones near the great toe called sesamoid bones.  They are somewhat shaped like a pea and there are two of them.  A common variation includes bipartite sesamoids which are in two parts.  They can be mistaken for a fractured sesamoid, although the bipartite form is genetic and not due to trauma or injury.  

The illustration to the left displays the anatomical arrangement of the sesamoid bones in the foot.

If a sesamoid bone becomes inflamed, it can create great discomfort.  An x-ray should be taken to better understand the condition.  There are several measures that can be taken to prevent and treat sesamoiditis, as we will discuss in the following blogs.

The doctors at Progressive Foot Care are experts in all inflammatory conditions of the foot.  If you are suffering from foot pain please call us to get you back on your feet again.