Drs. Frank Killian and Sameep Chandrani of Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC offer treatment for Sesamoiditis. The sesamoids are two small pea-shaped bones located beneath the big toe joint, right in the ball of the foot. They act as a pulley for the tendons, assisting your big toe to move normally. Injuries to this area are often caused by physical activity that requires pressure on the ball of the foot. Learn more about prevention and treatment at our offices in Hamilton Township and Toms River, NJ.


The purpose of the sesamoids isn’t just to assist in movement. They also give you the leverage you need to walk or run. Your sesamoids absorb the weight placed on the ball of the foot during physical activity. Thus, the connection between them and sports. It is an injury due to overuse. Increased pressure in the sesamoids causes chronic inflammation. The pain comes and goes, depending on the level and physical aspects of any activity.


Symptoms of sesamoiditis include tenderness when applying direct pressure, pain during physical activity that is then relieved when resting, and discomfort when walking barefoot or with thin shoes.


Your Hamilton Township and Toms River podiatrist provides a diagnose after a physical examination. Drs. Killian or Chandrani inspect your foot, focusing mainly on your big toe. They’ll apply pressure and move it to get a complete understanding of the injury. Basic imaging is also done.


Treatment is almost entirely nonsurgical in nature. Taping or strapping the toe can relieve the pressure. Padding in your shoes also cushions the injured area. Your podiatrist might also suggest using a cast or removable walking cast. This keeps weight off your foot. Use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and inflammation. Talk to Drs. Killian or Chandrani about possible orthotic devices.


If you are suffering from foot pain, don’t hesitate in contacting Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC. Drs. Frank Killian and Sameep Chandrani are available by appointment. You can visit our website to learn more. Call 609-585-3200 to reach our office in Hamilton Township, NJ. For Toms River, NJ, call 732-557-4266.


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