Austin

512-351-9149

Cedar Park

512-336-2300

Round Rock

(512) 255-0125

Sesamoiditis

Pain in the ball of your foot toward your big toe could be a sign of sesamoiditis, or inflammation in the tendons that support your sesamoids, free-floating bones in your feet. Fortunately, dedicated sesamoiditis care is available at Precision Podiatry. At their offices in the Round Rock, Cedar Park, and the River Place neighborhoods of Austin, Texas, the Precision Podiatry team helps you put a stop to your foot pain. Get started with sesamoiditis diagnosis and care by calling the office nearest you today.

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Sesamoiditis Q & A

What are sesamoids?

When you think of your bones, you imagine them connecting to one another, forming the support structure to your body. But some bones don’t connect to any bones. These bones are called sesamoids. Your kneecaps are sesamoids, for example. You also have two very small sesamoids in each of your feet. 

Underneath the joint of your big toe, two corn kernel-sized bones are anchored in place by tendons. These tibial and fibular sesamoids protect the large tendon that connects to your big toe, allowing it to flex when you walk while stabilizing you with each step you take. For such small bones, they bear a big burden. When that burden takes a toll, it results in sesamoiditis. 

What is sesamoiditis?

Sesamoiditis, an inflammatory condition, affects the tendons that support your sesamoids. When inflammation develops in the tendons around your sesamoids, it causes symptoms like:

  • Pain in the ball of your foot under your big toe
  • Pain or difficulty bending your big toe
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

Certain activities heighten your risk for sesamoiditis. Running, jumping, or doing activities that stress the ball of your foot — like ballet dancing or playing catcher is baseball — can all contribute to sesamoiditis. 

Additionally, your shoe choices can play a role. Wearing high heels without much cushioning increases your risk for sesamoiditis, as does wearing shoes with insufficient arch support, especially if you have a high arch. 

Fortunately, when the Precision Podiatry team treats your sesamoiditis, they can help you make changes to avoid this condition in the future. 

How is sesamoiditis diagnosed and treated?

Before your Precision Podiatry doctor treats your foot pain, they first confirm that the pain is caused by sesamoiditis rather than a fracture of either of your sesamoids. They may have you perform certain motions or press onto targeted parts of your foot to localize the problem. If necessary, they may request an X-ray. 

Once they confirm that your foot pain is caused by inflammation, they start developing a personalized treatment plan for you. Often, the first line of treatment is a combination of rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication. Your Precision Podiatry provider may also recommend periodic cortisone injections to manage the inflammation. 

Don’t live with pain in the ball of your foot. To find out if your discomfort is the result of sesamoiditis, call Precision Podiatry today. 

Austin Location

6611 River Pl Blvd #200
Austin, TX 78730
Tel: (512) 351-9149
Fax: (512) 351-9376

Clinic Hours

Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

 Closed for lunch every day 12:00pm-1:00pm

Cedar Park Location

1103 Cypress Creek Road #101
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Tel: (512) 336-2300
Fax: (512) 336-2301

Clinic Hours

Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

 Closed for lunch every day 12:00pm-1:00pm


Round Rock Location

7200 Wyoming Springs Dr. Ste 1150
Round Rock, TX 78681
Tel: (512) 255-0125
Fax: (512) 255-0153

Clinic Hours

Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

 Closed for lunch every day 12:00pm-1:00pm


Hutto  Location

 201 E Wilco HWY  STE 104
Hutto, TX 78634
Tel: (512) 255-0125
Fax: (512) 255-0153

Clinic Hours

Monday: Opening Summer of 2024
Tuesday: Opening Summer of 2024
Wednesday: Opening Summer of 2024
Thursday: Opening Summer of 2024
Friday: Opening Summer of 2024
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed