There are often pains in the foot that can’t initially be explained. Since they are extremely frustrating, they do need to be identified and properly treated. One such ailment is called sesmoiditis. This generally refers to an inflammation of the sesmoid bones on the ball of the foot just under the big toe joint.
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 sesmoids. Because the sesmoids 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 sesmoids, the big toe loses some of its power and force.
Sesmoiditis (irritation-inflammation) can generally be identified from 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 under the big toe joint.
- 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 sesmoids, as well as other aggravating symptoms.