Sesamoiditis Treatment

Sesamoiditis is the inflammation of the area of the sesamoid bones in the ball of the foot and the associated tendons.


At Vitalis Physiotherapy, our specialised treatment aims to:

What is Sesamoiditis?

Sesamoiditis is a chronic condition, caused by continual pressure on the sesamoid bones and results in irritation and inflammation of the tendon, in which they are embedded. The big toe is the most commonly affected as it contains the tibial and fibular sesamoids. Sesamoid bones are vital for the relief of tension in the muscles and tendons in the foot. This allows for increased weight-bearing by distributing the stress and protecting the tendon from injury.

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What are the causes?

There are several causes for sesamoiditis:

  • Damage to the sesamoid bones through trauma
  • Stress fracture most common in sports that require acute changes in direction
  • Deformation of the meta-tarso phalangeal joint
  • Gout

Other factors that have a detrimental influence on the development of sesamoiditis include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Wearing high heeled shoes
  • Improper gait
  • Larger sized sesamoids
  • Over pronation, high arches or boney feet
  • Those who participate in high impact sports

What are the symptoms?

  • Dull or sharp throbbing pain under your big toe and on the ball of the foot
  • Swelling and/or bruising
  • Pain when bending and/or straightening your big toe
Early treatment


What can I do at home?

  • Resting the foot and limiting physical activity
  • Ice the foot every 2-3 hours for 15 minutes
  • Wearing soft-soled, low-heeled shoes
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How to book an appointment?

If you think that you may be suffering from Sesamoiditis, or you’re looking for a ‘physiotherapist near me’, our team at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess and diagnose the condition. They will then tailor your treatment plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.

All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment.

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Need Help?

Are you suffering from Sesamoiditis? Contact Vitalis Physiotherapy now to book in your treatment.

Call our friendly team on 0410 559 856. We’d love to help.

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