Getting out and moving is good for the body and the mind. Whether you like to walk, run, or ride a bike, it’s good to get out and enjoy the town while being active. The Paseo Trail here in Chandler, AZ, is great for all of these activities. Just be sure to wear the right footwear. This is especially true if you are prone to ball of the foot pain. Investing in shoes for sesamoiditis can make a big difference for your foot comfort.
Sesamoiditis is the painful irritation of the little bones in the ball of your foot, underneath your big toe. These bones are small, but they play an important role as mini-pulleys to increase your big toe’s pushing power, which benefits your mobility. When they become inflamed or irritated, pushing off the ground to jump, run, or even walk can be quite uncomfortable.
Relieving sesamoiditis revolves around reducing the pressure on the little bones. For your shoes, this will mean both switching to models that don’t worsen the problem as well as padding them to minimize the pressure and shock. High heels direct your weight forward onto the forefoot and the sesamoids, so choose low-heeled styles instead. Overly-flat shoes are not the answer, though. Those models do not have sufficient arch support, which can also stress the forefoot—especially if you have flat feet or high arches.
Sometimes simple padding can make all the difference as well. Shoes with cushioned soles help you absorb the impacts on your feet. Pads and inserts also act as a layer of protection. You may actually need custom orthotics to add cushioning if you also have a biomechanical issues contributing to the problem.
Sesamoiditis is uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to stop you from doing what you enjoy. You can make some simple changes and reduce or eliminate a lot of the discomfort. If you’re struggling with relieving sesamoiditis, let us know here at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can call, fax, or use the online request form to reach our two offices: for Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; for Gilbert, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.
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