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Sesamoiditis is a condition involving inflammation of the tissue surrounding the sesamoid bones which are located under the big toe joint, on the bottom of the foot. Sesamoid bones aid in downward flexion of the big toe and are embedded in the tendon.
The most prevalent symptom is pain, which usually comes on gradually, but can intensify in both severity and duration. In older patients it is believed to be brought on by osteoarthritis, which can actually mean there is extra bone tissue involved, in the form of bone spurs. In younger patients, injury or repetitive stress is thought to be the cause, an example being ill formed shoes, such as high heels and also repeated stress such as a dancer or athlete may endure.
If you are not sure if you have sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Vargas’ office. He can assist with a correct diagnosis and make treatment recommendations.