What is Sesamoiditis?
The sesamoids are two bones underneath the great toe. They lie within the tendon of flexor hallucis brevis. The main function of the sesamoids is they act in a similar way to the knee caps, increasing the leverage of the muscles that flex the toe.
Causes of Sesamoiditis
Sesamoiditis is generally a result of chronic overloading of the sesamoid this can be as a result of:
- Abnormally force applied to the sesamoid
- Poor footwear
- Altered biomechanics
Diagnosis of Sesamoiditis
Diagnosis is usually based or symptoms and a complete assessment of your foot and ankle.
At the Ankle, Foot and Orthotic Centre we are able to provide additional information about the presence of sesamoid damage with ultrasound imaging.
Treatment of Sesamoiditis
Management becomes about offloading and supporting the toe this can be in the form of
- Orthotic Offloading
- Shoe stretching and modification