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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Sesamoiditis (Overview)

Sesamoiditis is an inflammation of bones identified as sesamoid or sesame seed shaped bones. These are small bones found in several areas of the foot. The ones generally associated with sesamoiditis are found embedded in a tendon that helps flex the big toe downward. They are ball of the foot just under the big toe joint.


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What exactly is sesamoiditis?

Sesamoids: Are two bones found under the first metatarsal. -itis ususally connotates inflammation. However, pain in the sesamoids whether inflammation is present or not is commonly referred to as sesamoiditis. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
30 doctors shared insights

Sesamoiditis (Overview)

Sesamoiditis is an inflammation of bones identified as sesamoid or sesame seed shaped bones. These are small bones found in several areas of the foot. The ones generally associated with sesamoiditis are found embedded in a tendon that helps flex the big toe downward. They are ball of the foot just under the big toe joint.


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What are the symptoms involved with sesamoiditis?

What are the symptoms involved with sesamoiditis?

Trisomy 13: Cleft lip or palate clenched hands close-set eyes eyes may actually fuse together into one decreased muscle tone extra fingers or toes hernias: umbilical hernia, inguinal hernia hole, split, or cleft in the iris low-set earsmental retardation, seizures single palmar crease skeletal abnormalities small eyes small head small lower jaw undescended testicle. ...Read more

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What kind of activities will cause you to have sesamoiditis?

Running and dancing: Running and dancing are most commonly associated with sesamoiditis, but it can occur with many other activities. ...Read more

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What is sesamoiditis and how is it treated?

Inflammed bone: Sesamoiditis is an inflammatory process of the small bone(s) under the first metatarsal head. Because these bones are small and subject to a lot of force with each step, these can be stubborn and painful afflictions to live with. Antiinflammatories, injections, offloading (with padding, orthoses) crutches and nonweightbearing, and even surgery can be necessary to resolve this. ...Read more

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Is ice a good treatment for sesamoiditis?

Usually not enough: Sesamoiditis is usually treated with some form of immobilization with or with out non-weightbearing. ...Read more

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What can I do to cure sesamoiditis?

Non-op treatment 1st: Non-surgucal treatments include activity modification, orthotics, and corticosteroid injections. If surgery is needed see an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon. One in your area can be found at www.Aofas.Org. ...Read more

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Are there any good stretches to prevent sesamoiditis?

Are there any good stretches to prevent sesamoiditis?

Big toe pain: Big toe pain can be caused by sesamoiditis. Exercising the big toe by physically moving it dorsally and plantarly by manually exercising it while both standing and while sitting down may improve your discomfort. However, if the pain persists, you must have the big toe examined professionally where x-rays will be taken to rule out a possible sesamoid fracture. ...Read more

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What is sesamoiditis?

Inflamation: It is inflamation of the sesamoid bones which are under the 1st metatarsal head. ...Read more

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What exactly is sesamoiditis?

Sesamoids: Are two bones found under the first metatarsal. -itis ususally connotates inflammation. However, pain in the sesamoids whether inflammation is present or not is commonly referred to as sesamoiditis. ...Read more

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Could sesamoiditis ever go away?

Yes: with proper treatment which includes eliminating symptoms and cause. Often orthotics and more supportive shoes are helpful in relieving excessive stress in this area. ...Read more