Sesamoiditis Orthotics | Orthotics for Sesamoiditis

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What is Sesamoiditis?

The most common symptom of Sesamoiditis is pain in the ball-of-the-foot, under the big toe at the ball of the foot. Sesmoid bones are tiny bones within the tendons that run to the big toe. These bones help to aid in the bending of the big toe. Every time you push off against the toe the sesamoids are involved, and eventually they can become irritated, even fractured. Sesamoiditis can be a mild ache to an intense throbbing.

What causes Sesamoiditis?

One of the major causes of sesamoiditis is increased activity. Speedwork, hill work, or even increased mileage can cause this. Also, if you have a high arched foot, you will naturally put more pressure on the balls-of-your-feet.

How can orthotics help?

Custom functional orthotics, if properly prescribed and fitted, will dramatically reduce pressure on the sesamoids - leading to decreased pain and less chance of the pain returning.

Orthotics for sesamoiditis are prescribed specifically to help take weight off of the painful sesamoid and to distribute the force onto the arch or onto the non-painful metatarsal heads. This requires an orthotic that conforms extremely close to the arch of your foot.