Every day you go for a walk at your local park. You make sure to do at least three laps so that you can get your daily recommended steps in and live a happy, healthy lifestyle. You have your walking shoes on, your iPod in, and you are killing it. Your foot begins to ache as you walk, but the pain isn’t unbearable at first. After a week of the same actions though, the pain gets worse and worse, especially when your forefoot pushes off the ground. What is wrong with your foot? Should you call a podiatrist?

Sesamoiditis could be ailing your foot. This is a very painful condition where the sesamoid bones become inflamed and radiate pain. These bones are very tiny bones that help move your tendon when you are walking. They are about the size of a jelly bean and ensure that the joint and the tendon do not get too close to one another.

These little bones are embedded into the tendon and muscle of the foot, which is unlike other bones that are typically connected by the joint. The sesamoid bones help the tendon from completely flattening out, and allows it to snap back and stay strong.

Symptoms of Sesamoiditis

The most common symptom of this disorder is pain when walking. The pain is at its peak when the toes hit the ground and the weight shifts from one leg to another when walking.  The pain usually shows up around the big toe area. The pain usually only occurs during walking, but if it is not treated and is left to worsen over time, the pain can become constant and swelling can occur at the toe. The afflicted area is also painful and tender to the touch.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

If the patient is older, it is likely that they developed this condition due to arthritis or osteoporosis in the bones. If brittle bones begin to form another bone around the sesamoid area it can cause inflammation and pain.

For younger patients, those with an eating disorder, menstruation issues, or are athletic or wear high heels are all prone to this condition.

Does your big toe ache when you walk? Has the pain begun to flare up over time? James C. Ricketti, DPM and Stephen J. Skokan, DPM of James C. Ricketti, DPM in Hamilton Square, New Jersey can help determine whether or not you are suffering from sesamoiditis. Call 609-587-1674 or request an appointment online today. You won’t be disappointed!

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