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What is Sesamoiditis?

In the foot there are two small bones called sesamoids which sit below the the big toe joint. They help to provide mechanical leverage in the ball of the foot for propulsion (i.e. walking and running). Sesamoiditis is a common sports injury seen in runners, football players, dancers and other activities.

Causes and Symptoms

A Sesamoiditis injury can result from overuse and increased strain to the big toe joint leading to pain and inflammation.


Sesamoiditis usually responds well to conservative treatment. This often includes:

  • Rest/immobilization
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Custom orthotics/padding
  • Physical therapy

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