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Think you have Sesamoids?

Book an appointment to have a Registered Podiatrist diagnose your pain and proscribe you a treatment today!


What is Sesamoids?

  • The sesamoids are two bones that are located underneath the big toe joint. The name sesamoid derives from the latin word sesamum "Sesame Seed" because they are small.

  • Sesamoid bones can become inflamed and even fracture causing pain particularly when walking quickly or running.

How did I get this?

  • Sesamoidits is usually seen in people who have a sharp blow to the joint, or have a high arched foot with a prominent big toe joint.

  • Those who wear high heels or dance would be more likely to get this.

What can I do about it?

  • Wear accommodative, cushioned flat footwear like trainers.

  • Ice the area if sore.

  • Short term use of anti inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen may relieve the symptoms.

What help can I get for this?

  • Podiatrist can advise on footwear, padding & strapping techniques and potentially recommend orthotics to relieve stress on the sesamoids.

  • Immobilisation may be necessary for severe cases.

  • If there is a fracture present that doesn't get better with conservative treatments, surgery may be advised.

When will it get better?

  • If conservative measures work, maybe over a few months.

  • If Surgical intervention is needed will recovery will take longer.