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Sesamoiditis is a general description for any irritation of the sesamoid bones. Sesamoid bones are tiny bones within the tendons in the foot that run to the big toe. The sesamoid bones function as a pulley, increasing the leverage of the tendons controlling the toe. The sesamoid bones function as a pulley, increasing the leverage of the tendons controlling the toe.
It is a common ailment that affects the forefoot. It is most common in young people who engage in physical activity like running or dancing.
When a person has sesamoiditis, the tendons around the sesamoid bones are often inflamed.
Sesamoiditis is a common problem among ballet dancers and people who play the position of catcher in baseball.
The most common symptom of sesamoiditis is pain in the ball-of-the foot and swelling. The pain often occurs on the medial or inner side.
The pain may be constant, or it may occur with, or be aggravated by, movement of the big toe joint. The pain is often accompanid by swelling throughout the bottom of the forefoot.
Sesamoiditis is usually caused by repetitive, excessive pressure on the forefoot. Other causes include increased activity, stress fractures, having a high arched foot, and having a bony foot. If you have a bony foot, you hay not have enough fat on your foot to protect your sesamoid bones and tendons.
Treatments include:
-rest
-a modified shoe
-shoe pads
-immobilization of the toe joint to speed up healing process.
The information contained on the DiabestMedical.com website is provided for your general information only. DiabestMedical.com under no circumstances recommends particular treatment for specific individuals and in all cases recommends that you consult your physician or local treatment center before pursuing any course of treatment.
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