Treating Sesamoid Injuries

Injuries to the sesamoids—those two little bones on the underside of your foot near the base of the big toe—can cause pain and disability that ranges from mild to severe. At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists, we find risk factors that make patients more likely to injure the sesamoids include:

  • Participating in sports and activities that put significant pressure or impact on the big toe and forefoot, such as ballet, football, running, basketball and tennis

  • Having high arches

  • Frequently wearing high heeled shoes

There are several types of injuries that can occur to the sesamoids and the bones and tendons surround them including fractures, inflammation (sesamoiditis) and Turf Toe.

Evaluation and Relief

Patients should not put off coming into our Reading office for treatment of pain in this area of the foot because there are several non-surgical options available to help relieve the suffering. One of our podiatrists: Dr. George A. Abboud, Dr. Brian D. Tedesco, Dr. Carl Conui or Dr. Kimberly Thurmond will first examine the big toe and the ball of your foot to determine exactly what injury to the sesamoids you have sustained and also the severity of the condition. Watching you walk and examining the wear patter of your shoes may provide clues to the podiatrist. X-rays or other imaging studies may also be ordered.  Once the exact nature of the injury has been determined, the foot doctor may use one or more of the following treatment options:

  • Immobilizing the foot in a cast or walking cast. The podiatrist may want you to use crutches to prevent putting weight on the injured foot

  • Steroid injections to reduce joint pain and inflammation

  • Using padding inside your shoe to cushion and protect the sesamoids

  • Strapping or taping the big toe to the next toe to shift the pressure off the injured area

  • Orthotic devices for your shoes to spread out the pressure on the ball of your foot

  • Physical therapy to increase strength and range of motion

To learn more about how to relieve pain and discomfort in the ball of your foot, contact us for an appointment by calling: (781) 944-4044.

Contact Us

New England Foot & Ankle Specialist

30 New Crossing Road

Suite 311

Reading, MA 01867 US

(781) 944-4044