Sesamoiditis can be a chronic and disabling problem with not clear origins and sometimes hard to identify (Sims and Kurup, 2014).
Appearance of sesamoid bones or ossicles found in the foot show a big variety in appearance and prevalence. Sesamoiditis is more commonly seen with high arches that cause a person to exert more stress on their forefoot increasing pressure to the Sesamoid bones.
When becoming painful, most common reasons for causing this problem are amongst others: trauma to the foot, infection, inflammation and degeneration (Nwawka et al., 2013).
Injury also may occurs when an individual suddenly increases their level of physical activity. This places the feet under additional stress as they try to accommodate this change.
Management of this condition involves following the PRICE regime and management of aberrant biomechanics. In severe cases surgical intervention may be required.
Sims A.L. and Kurup H.V., 2014, Painful sesamoid of the great toe, World Journal of Orthopaedics, 5(2), pp: 146-150
Nwawka O.K. et al., 2013, Sesamoiditis and accessory ossicles of the foot: anatomical variability and related pathology, Springer Insights into Imaging, 4(5), pp: 581-593