Pain, tenderness and possible inflammation of the sesamoid bones which lie under the 1st toe joint and at the ball of the foot (see picture).


Tenderness or sharp intense pain under the 1st toe joint on walking, particularly during the ‘toe off’ part of the gait cycle, when the pressure on the ball of the foot is greatest. Localised swelling may also be apparent.


Sesamoisitis is often associated with foot foot posture, excessive pronation (feet ‘rolling’ inwards), overuse or worn footwear.


Management of sesamoiditis involves rest, ice and redistribution of pressure with either padding or orthotics (custom-made shoe inserts). Your Galleria Podiatrist can also provide you with information regarding appropriate footwear. In the most extreme cases, and where conservative treatment fails, a walking foot cast, or surgical removal of the sesamoid bones, may be necessary.

Pain of this type may also benefit from the use of pain relieving gels or LIFESOLES which can be found in our shop.