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Best Sesamoiditis Insoles

13 January 2023  |  Sharman

If you have sesamoiditis, you'll know just how painful and frustrating it can be. Well, something we've found that can really help is a pair of insoles or supports that offer robust forefoot or metatarsal support, evenly distributing pressure around your sesamoids.

In our Best Sesamoiditis Insoles guide, we'll go over some of our sesamoiditis insoles and supports recommended by experts and trusted by our customers.

What Does This Guide Cover?


What Is Sesamoiditis?

Sesamoiditis is when the sesamoid bones and their tendons become painful or inflamed. This is often the result of repeated trauma to these tendons, particularly from activity that puts pressure on the ball of the foot. For this reason sesamoiditis is prevalent in specific groups of athletes and dancers, such as basketball players and ballerinas. Really though, it can affect just about anyone.

Best Overall Sesamoiditis Insoles 

Winner: Powerstep Protech Pro Orthotic Insoles

Powerstep Protech Pro Orthotic Insoles

Why We Love Them...

 Poron material offers fantastic cushioning and shock absorption
 Orthotic shell holds foot in healthy position and limits movement
 Eases pressure on calf muscles, which reduces sesamoid strain

Perfect For...

 Prescription-like foot support to ease pain and limit further trauma
 Relief from sesamoiditis, along with plantar fasciitis, and more

Not the Best For...

 Running and other sports (See our solution)
 Arthritic feet (See our solution)

We Spoke to Powerstep, Who Said: "Easing sesamoiditis pain is all about using cushioning to reduce trauma. The Powerstep Protech Insoles ease pressure on the big toe and sesamoid bone, enabling a less painful push off motion and healthier foot function."

Customer Verdict: "These are 1 of the best insoles I've had, I suffer a few problems in my feet. I stand all day and these are good for a full day at work and dog walking when I get home. Would definitely recommend." Tracy ★★★★★


Best Sesamoiditis Insoles for Running

Winner: Superfeet RUN Comfort Insoles

Superfeet RUN Comfort Insoles

Why We Love Them...

✔ Aerospring dual-foam made to limit the stress of exercising
 Heel impact technology disperses impact to reduce injury risk 
 Moisturewick odour control for long-lasting freshness and hygiene

Perfect For...

 Running and other dynamic exercise that puts stress on sesamoid
 Walking, hiking and making everyday movement more comfortable

Not the Best For...

 More complete cushioning (See our solution)
 Direct sesamoid support (See our solution)

Customer Verdict: "My trail shoes were nearly binned and was about to part with yet more money for different trail shoes as mine were not comfortable at all. My running buddy suggested these insoles and they are perfect, now I feel like I have more of a spring in my step and they are so comfortable from the first outing. Definitely made a difference." Beverly ★★★★★


Best Sesamoiditis Insoles for Arthritis

Winner: Diaped Duosoft Plus Insoles

Diaped Duosoft Plus Insoles

Why We Love Them...

 Shock-absorbing urethane base reduces impact on balls of feet
 Soft poron cradles the foot, softly and evenly distributing weight
 Breathable design maintains lasting hygiene, freshness and comfort

Perfect For...

 People with arthritis, diabetes, broken skin and sensitive feet
 Those who find most orthopaedic footwear too hard or corrective

Not the Best For...

 Running and other sports (See our solution)
 Narrow shoes (See our solution)

Customer Verdict: "Excellent product, I have arthritis in my feet and these insoles have helped enormously. Will buy again." Diane ★★★★★


Best Insoles for Chronic Sesamoiditis

Winner: Powerstep Original Full Length Orthotic Insoles

Powerstep Original Full Length Orthotic Insoles

Why We Love Them...

 Really thin design can fit comfortably in majority of footwear
 Semi-rigid arch support prioritises healthy foot positioning
 Targeted, dual-layer, EVA cushioning for long-lasting comfort

Perfect For...

 Quick and easy switching between multiple pairs of shoes
 Improving general foot health and movement

Not the Best For...

 More subtle and targeted support (See our solution)
 More cushioned support (See our solution)

We Spoke to Powerstep, Who Said: "Sesamoiditis can cause chronic low-grade trauma, so it's important offload the inflamed area. The Powerstep Original Insoles facilitate healthy hallux movement, ease toe pressure, as well as reducing calf tightness. All of this contributes to soothing the sesamoids with every step"

Customer Verdict: "Great product, highly recommended. I will be buying for all my shoes." Stephen ★★★★★


Other Sesamoiditis Support


    Best Sesamoiditis Brace

    Winner: Pro11 Ball of Foot Fabric Support with Gel Pad (Pair)

    Pro11 Ball of Foot Fabric Support with Gel Pad (Pair)

    Why We Love Them...

     Soft inner gel pads comfortably absorbs shock in metatarsal
     Discreet design fits easily and comfortably into most shoes
     Reusable and quickly washable for hygiene and freshness

    Perfect For...

     Easy-donning with sock-like design
     Bracing support that fits into socks and narrow shoes

    Not the Best For...

     More comprehensive support (See our solution)
     Chronic sesamoid pain (See our solution)

    Customer Verdict: "Excellent product, fast delivery, delighted thank you. Very difficult to find a product which helps metatarsal and toes." Susan ★★★★★


    Best Sesamoiditis Pads

    Winner: Pro11 Gel Metatarsal Pads

    Pro11 Gel Metatarsal Pads

    Why We Love Them...

     Guard your sesamoids against impact and pressure away
     Gel is shock-resistant and pads sit in optimum position
     Easily hook onto toes for security, offering relief without the bulk

    Perfect For...

     Fantastic alternative to wearing a full foot insole
     Targeted to metatarsal and sesamoid region for specialised support

    Not the Best For...

     Running and other sports (See our solution)
     Arthritic feet (See our solution)

    Customer Verdict: "As walking had become increasingly painful, I expected to have to hugely curtail my daily exercise, however, after purchasing a metatarsal gel pad, such a simple idea, my walking life has been completely transformed." Rebecca ★★★★★


    What Are the Sesamoids?

    We've gone over some great sesamoiditis solutions, but you might not even have heard about sesamoids before. After all, most people haven't! Well, sesamoids are bones which are embedded within a tendon or muscle, rather than connected to another bone.

    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.

    Can These Orthotics Really 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.

    Still Looking for Something Else?

    The insoles and supports above are some of our bestsellers, loved by our customers and recommended by manufacturers especially for sesamoiditis. But if you still aren't sure, why not have a look at our full Sesamoiditis and Metatarsal Pain ranges.

    Have Any Questions or Something to Say?

    Do you have any questions about sesamoiditis or general foot pain? Just have something to say? Let us know in the comments, or find us on Twitter and Facebook!

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