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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Could You Be Suffering from Sesamoiditis? | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Could You Be Suffering from Sesamoiditis?

Do you have pain on the ball of your foot, particularly when walking? If so, you may be experiencing sesamoiditis. Sesamoids are bones that are connected only to tendons or embedded in muscle (instead of being connected to other bones by joints). There are two sesamoid bones located beneath the big toe joint. They give the muscles under the toe extra leverage and power which allows the big toe to push us forward when we take a step. The sesamoids get an extra workout when you participate in sports and leisure activities that put pressure on the ball of foot, such as running, golf, football, tennis, or ballet. Sesamoiditis occurs when the sesamoids become inflamed.

Symptoms and Treatment

Common symptoms of sesamoiditis include:

  • Mild pain when walking barefoot or in thin soled shoes
  • Pain that worsens when running or jumping
  • Pain that disappears quickly when you’re off your feet
  • Tenderness in the ball of the foot when pressure is applied


At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care, we are Monmouth County’s experts at evaluating and treating all foot and ankle conditions. Our board certified podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin and Dr. Jessica A. Addeo will conduct a thorough exam of your entire feet and toes. They will observe your walking and may order x-rays which can be done in our Aberdeen office to confirm a diagnosis of sesamoiditis.  The podiatrist will also want to rule out a sesamoid injury, such as a fracture or Turf Toe which can have similar symptoms to Sesamoiditis.

The treatment for sesamoiditis will vary depending on the severity of your case. Your foot and ankle doctor may recommend that you rest your foot and refrain from exercises that aggravates the sesamoids for a period of time. Ice and ibuprofen may be prescribed for pain relief and to reduce inflammation. In more severe cases, orthotics or inserts for your footwear may be recommended.

If you suspect you might have sesamoiditis, schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists today by calling us at 732-566-2841n or using our online appointment scheduler.


Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Could You Be Suffering from Sesamoiditis?, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen