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Sesamoiditis: A Common Running Injury

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

Sesamoiditis is an injury that affects many runners, particularly those who train on hard surfaces or rocks. Sesamoiditis occurs when the two tiny sesamoid bones that reside under the big toe get fractured and/or the tendons around the sesamoids become irritated and inflamed. Sesamoiditis may occur from the repeated impact a runner’s foot makes with the ground, or from other factors such as having tight toe flexors. Pain from sesamoiditis can be sharp and sudden, and is usually felt underneath the big toe or in the ball of the foot. If it feels like a burning pain, this may indicate nerve damage. A podiatrist can treat sesamoiditis with recommendations of rest, along with prescribing anti-inflammatory medications and reducing inflammation with other methods.  

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Scott Matthews, DPM, MD of Salem Foot Care . Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

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 Wikesboro, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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