Sesamoids are small bones connected by tendons to muscles most commonly found in the big toe. Sesamoiditis generally happens when those tendons become inflamed.
This condition can be the result of overuse, strain, or trauma. High activity sports like netball or dancing, and regular wear of high heels or tight shoes are all contributing factors to sesamoiditis.
- Pain in the ball of the foot
- Restricted movement of the big toe
Diagnosis is usually made by physical examination involving range of motion testing. We may refer for x ray, ultrasound, or MRI
In most cases, sesamoiditis does not require surgery, but can be resolved by:
- Cortisone injection
- Over-the-counter pain relief e.g. Panadol or ibuprofen
- Strapping or taping
- Supportive and correct-fitting footwear
If these conservative treatments are unsuccessful for your pain relief, surgery may be the next option. The surgery is to remove one of the two sesamoids to realign the big toe.
At Mint Foot Care, we will perform an extensive biomechanical of your feet to accurately determine the best treatment options for you. Come visit us in clinic today or phone on 1300 975 980 to book an appointment.