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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen What’s Behind 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

What’s Behind Sesamoiditis?

A condition that we see often at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care that can strike patients of all ages is sesamoiditis. Sesamoiditis is an inflammation of the sesamoids—two small bones in the tendons that help move the big toe. When these little bones become inflamed, patients experience extreme pain whenever they are on their feet and once they sit down, they notice the pain quickly subsides. As time goes by, the pain when walking, running or doing other weight bearing activities increases.

A Variety of Causes

When our foot and ankle doctors, Christopher J. Mullin, DPM, Jessica A. Addeo, DPM or Rajan Patel, DPM examine your foot, they will be looking to confirm a diagnosis of sesamoiditis and also to determine its source. Possible causes include:

  • Osteoarthritis—this is common if the patient with sesamoiditis is a senior. Just as other bones and joints deteriorate with age, the sesamoids too can experience wear and tear.
  • Sudden Intensity of Exercise—many sports require pushing off with the big toe: football, tennis, basketball, running and even dance and gymnastics. Increasing the frequency of play or the level of competition can result in inflammation of the sesamoids.
  • Jobs or Activities—doing work that requires squatting or heavy lifting puts you at greater risk for this disorder.
  • Foot structure—having high arches can put extra stress on the sesamoids. Having bony feet with less padding on the ball of the foot can also leave sesamoids more exposed to injury and inflammation.
  • Choice of shoes—high heels or shoes with a short toe box put pressure on the sesamoids.
  • Osteoporosis—this disease which causes bones to weaken can lead to sesamoiditis.


Seek Treatment Early

Like so many podiatric conditions, sesamoiditis is best treated in its earliest stages. The foot doctor has several non-invasive techniques available to relieve pain and prevent inflammation in the future. If you are noticing pain in the ball of your foot or stiffness in your big toe joint, contact our Aberdeen office at 732-566-2841.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing What’s Behind 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