Sesamoid Surgery on the Horizon for Young Athlete

Sesamoid Surgery on the Horizon for Young Athlete

Sesamoid Surgery on the Horizon for Young AthleteProspective Australian football player Matthew Scharenberg will have a delay in his return to the field by four to six weeks as a result of required foot surgery. This surgery is necessary in order to help alleviate performance-affecting pain that has affected Scharenberg during training.  The surgery will involve the removal of sesamoidbones in both of his feet.

“He is a very talented player but he is young and we were always taking a long term approach with him. There was a small amount of lingering pain and with the operation he will have some certainty of an outcome," football director Rodney Eade said regarding Scharenberg’s condition. "There is no real time frame on his return but all going well he should be running and seriously preparing to play in late May."

Active children and younger athletes are susceptible to sesamoditis. If sesamoiditis is affecting you or a loved one, see podiatrist Dr. Bryant Tarr of Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can treat sesamoiditis as well as any other foot or ankle condition.


Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

· Sudden increase in activity
· Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
· Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor before making a decision.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Sudbury and Westford, MA .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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