Sesamoiditis is a condition affects the ball of the foot. Specifically, Sesamoiditis refers to the irritation of the sesamoid bones (tiny bones that lead to the big toe), which can become irritated and possibly fractured each time you push off the ground with the toes.
This condition is often found in people who partake in sports such as dancing or running, where a lot of stress is placed on the ball of the foot.
The pain usually begins as a dull ache but increases with activity to a throbbing sensation in the ball of the foot.
Sesamoiditis usually occurs when an individual suddenly increases their level of physical activity. This places the feet under additional stress as they try to accommodate this change.
A biomechanical cause of Sesamoiditis is high arches that cause a person to exert more stress on their forefoot. This increases pressure to the Sesamoid bones.
People with bony feet may also suffer from Sesamoiditis as they have little protective fat on their feet, therefore less shock absorbing qualities.
Prevention & Treatment:
- Rest the foot as much as possible.
- Use Metatarsal pads to redistribute pressure of weight bearing to other parts of the forefoot.
- Tape the big toe to immobilise joint. By a foot health professional.
- Ice compresses.
- Anti-inflammatory medication e.g. Aspirin, Ibuprofen etc.
- Wear wide toed, flat shoes to allow the joint to heal.
- Apply ice to painfull area for 10 to 15 minutes after exercise, or after any activity that aggravates the area.
For instant relief try using products that relieve weight from the ball of the foot.