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Why Runners Often Suffer from Sesamoiditis

Monday, 15 March 2021 00:00

Sesamoiditis is a painful condition that affects the big toe—when either or both of the tiny sesamoiditis bones fracture, or the nearby nerve becomes inflamed. Runners are highly susceptible to this disorder due to the high-impact nature of running and the hard surfaces and objects their feet often interact with. The pain caused by sesamoiditis can vary, depending on what is causing the sesamoiditis and how severe it is. Runners can try to avoid this injury from occurring by wearing larger running shoes and those with rock protection, or shoes that allow for the big toe to be more straight. If you are experiencing any pain in your big toe, contact a podiatrist right away. They can properly diagnose and treat your condition as well as provide professional advice on how best to protect your feet from sesamoiditis.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. Our doctors will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.


Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Brunswick, Damariscotta, and Augusta, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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