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To understand sesamoid injuries in the foot, you must first grasp what sesamoids are. A sesamoid is a bone that is encased within a tendon. Sesamoids can be discovered in a variety of body joints. The sesamoids are two pea-shaped bones in the ball of the foot, beneath the big toe joint, in a normal foot.

The sesamoids assist the big toe to move normally and create leverage when the big toe pushes off during walking and running by acting as a pulley for tendons. The sesamoids also act as a weight-bearing surface for the first metatarsal bone (the long bone attached to the big toe), absorbing the impact of walking, running, and jumping on the ball of the foot.

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Sesamoiditis Treatment


Sesamoiditis is a condition that produces pain beneath the big toe joint in the ball of the foot. Sesamoid bones, like the kneecap, are embedded in tendons and act to increase the leverage of the tendons that drive the big toe. Sesamoid bones are subjected to significant strain and pressure every time the big toe is utilized to propel the foot forward due to their location and function.

Sesamoiditis occurs when the sesamoid bones, which are two tiny bones beneath the big toe joint, get irritated or injured as a result of overuse or repetitive contact.

Sesamoiditis can affect anyone, but people who engage in activities that require repetitive loading of the ball of the foot, such as dancing, running, or even walking, are more likely to develop it. Sesamoiditis is more common in people who have prominent foot bones, highly arched feet, noticeably flat feet, or who run on the ball of their foot.

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