Signs and Symptoms of Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis typically can be distinguished from other conditions that cause pain in the forefoot by its gradual onset. The foot pain usually begins as a mild ache and increases gradually if the aggravating activity is continued. It may build to an intense throbbing.

In most cases, sesamoiditis causes little or no bruising or redness. Pain and swelling can limit the ability of the first metatarsophalangeal joint to flex upward (dorsiflexion) or downward (plantarflexion), causing a loss of range of motion in the big toe and difficulty walking.

Publication Review By: John J. Swierzewski, D.P.M.

Published: 31 Dec 1999

Last Modified: 05 Oct 2015