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Sesamoiditis (Big Toe Joint Pain)

Located on the bottom of your foot near your big toe, is what is known as a sesamoid.  Sesamoids connect to the bones of the toes and serve as pulleys, allowing a smooth surface for tendons to engage muscles. Sesamoids play a vital role in weight-bearing and serve to elevate the big toe. If the sesamoid becomes inflamed and irritated, pain in the big toe will result.

What are the symptoms of sesamoiditis?

The primary symptom of sesamoiditis is pain under your big toe.  It may develop gradually.  This can lead to an inability to bend and straighten your big toe. 

Treatment for Sesamoiditis in Ohio

If you are experiencing pain in your big toe joint, there’s good news. You may be able to alleviate the pain on your own if you know what to do. But you’ll need to be patient as it can take 6-8 weeks for the pain to resolve. Treatment for sesamoiditis includes:

  • Over-the-counter pain and inflammation medicine (Tylenol, Advil)
  • Wear low-heeled, soft-soled shoes like sneakers
  • Avoid rigid shoes and high heels
  • Ice the area
  • Limit activities that are causing pain

When to See an Ohio Podiatrist for Sesamoiditis

If the joint pain in your big toe lingers, schedule an appointment with Ohio Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our top Ohio podiatrists may schedule imaging tests to ensure that you haven’t suffered a fracture.  If inflammation of the sesamoid is to blame, cortisone injections may help alleviate the pain. 

In some cases, surgery may be recommended to alleviate big toe joint pain. Schedule an appointment with Ohio Foot and Ankle Specialists today to begin treatment for foot, toe, or ankle pain.