Best Sesamoiditis Insoles
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
If you have sesamoiditis, you'll know just how uncomfortable and frustrating it can be. To help you speed on your way to recovery we've put together a guide to the Best Sesamoiditis Insoles.
What Are the Sesamoids?
Sesamoids are bones which are embedded within a tendon or muscle, rather than connected to another bone. There are multiple sesamoids around the body – most notably the patella, or kneecap. Often, however, when people talk about sesamoids they are talking specifically about sesamoids in the foot.
There are two sesamoids in the foot: both small bones located beneath the joint of the big toe, one on each side of the metatarsals. They function similarly to a pulley, offering a surface around which tendons can run smoothly.
What Is Sesamoiditis?
Sesamoiditis is when these tendons become painful or inflamed, generally as a result of injury. Commonly, this injury results from repeated trauma to these tendons, particularly from repeated activity which puts pressure on the ball of the foot. For this reason sesamoiditis is most prevalent in specific groups of athletes and dancers, such as basketball players and ballerinas.
How Can Insoles Help?
In order to allow your sesamoids to recover it is vital to reduce the pressure being placed on the ball of your foot. For this reason, supportive and shock-absorbing insoles, including those generally used to help with metatarsalgia and metatarsal pain can be a vital part of sesamoiditis recovery.
Which Insoles Are Best for Sesamoiditis?
When selecting an insole for sesamoiditis you need to prioritise robust forefoot or metatarsal support, preferably in a form which absorbs or distributes pressure around your sesamoids. We've picked out some of our best insoles for this purpose:
One of our most popular orthotic insoles for a range of complaints, the Powerstep Pinnacle Orthic Insoles are a robust option for providing medical grade support across your whole foot. These full length insoles can fit in most shoes which are sometimes too tight for insoles, including football boots and smart shoes. They offer balanced cushioning across the foot to reduce impact to any particular area.
Key Features: unrivalled comfort and support; offers support across the whole foot; versatile fit for most shoes
If you find full length insoles over-fill your shoes, or want to wear shoes which aren't appropriate for them, the Dasco Ladies' Leather Footbed Insoles are a 3/4 length option which provide effective support to the forefoot. They use heel and forefoot padding to distribute pressure during physical activity. At the same time, the naturally moisture absorbing qualities of their leather prevents bacteria from growing, and reduces odour.
Key Features: 3/4 size; help to reduce pressure; naturally moisture absorbing; heel and forefoot padding
The Spenco RX Arch Cushion Insoles are cushioned insoles which provide support for the whole foot, and offer additional support to medium arches. A flexible four way stretch fabric helps to wick away sweat to prevent foot odour. They are ideal for those who also suffer from arch pain or need additional support for the mid section of their foot.
Key Features: full foot support; soft padded foot bed; medium arch support; four way stretch fabric
Offering some of the gentlest foot care around, the Pedag Sensitive Insoles support the full foot by distributing pressure and friction evenly. They feature a super soft material which minimises discomfort or pressure for those with sensitive feet, particularly those who are diabetic. They are a light, flexible and discreet insole, which will fit in almost any shoe.
Key Features: super soft surface; even weight distribution; reduce friction; ideal for those who have diabetes
Are There Any Other Solutions?
Shoe insoles aren't the only solution, and there are alternative products which can be used alongside or in place of insoles to help reduce discomfort and speed up recovery.
A foot roller can help to relieve tension in the ball of your foot, and is an ideal way to ease discomfort related to sesamoiditis. The Pro11 Hot and Cold Foot Roller is an effective foot roller ideal for use in either hot or cold therapy. It is contoured and features a lumped design to encourage circulation in the foot, which can help to speed up recovery
Key Features: contoured foot roller; offers massage therapy to the forefoot; dotted bumps stimulate blood flow
If you don't want to wear a whole foot insole, metatarsal pads are a great way to guard against impact and distribute pressure away from your sesamoids. The Pro11 Gel Metatarsal Pads are shock-resistant gel pads which sit on the forefoot. Hooking onto a toe for security, they offer additional protection to your sesamoids during activity without the bulk of a full insole.
Key Features: sturdy toe hook; impact resistant; pressure dissipating; gel construction
Give your feet the time to recover, and treat them to some comfortable insoles. Before you know it your sesamoiditis pain could be a distant memory.