Generally, most bones in our body are connected to each other by joints. However, there are a few that are connected only to tendons or are embedded in muscle. These bones are called sesamoids. Because the sesamoids protrude down, underneath the “big toe,” they give these muscles extra leverage and power. This power allows the big toe to “push” us forward with extra force each time we take a step. Without the sesamoids, the big toe loses some of its power and force.
Sesamoiditis can generally be identified form other foot ailments due to its gradual onset of symptoms just beneath the big toe.
The most common symptoms include:
- The area is tender when direct pressure is applied.
- Mild pain occurs when walking barefoot or in thin soled shoes and worsens while running or jumping.
- Pain is alleviated quickly with rest.
- In later stages, constant pain is present under the sesamoids, as well as other aggravating symptoms.
Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the ailment. Visit your podiatrist to find out the best treatment for you.