Sesamoiditis Fact Sheet


  • The sesamoids are two baked bean sized bones in the tendons under your big toe joint.
  • They can become inflamed and even fracture causing pain particularly when wakling quickly or running.

How did I get this?

  • Sesamoidits is usually seen in people who have a sharp blow to the joint, or have a high arched foot with a prominent big toe joint. Dancers and people that wear high heels are more prone to this.

What can I do about it?

  • Wear flat cushioning footwear such as joggers. Ice the area.
  • Short term use of anti inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen may relieve the symptoms.

What help can I get for this?

  • See a podiatrist for footwear advice, padding, strapping, and possible orthotics to relieve stress on the sesamoids.
  • Immobilisation in a cam walker may be necessary for severe cases.
  • If there is a fracture that does not respond to conservative treatment then surgery may be necessary.

When will it get better?

  • Conservative measures should see improvement over a few months.
  • Surgical intervention will require a longer recovery period.