Pain under the ball of the big toe (hallux) of the metatarsal head, not the toe itself. Sesamoiditis is inflammation of either one of both of the Sesamoids.
- Two sesamoids are situated under the great metatarsal head
- Each sesamoid bears 1/6 of the forefoot weight
- The condition is diagnosed by tenderness over either sesamoid
- Often, but not always associated with some form of arthritis.
- Spurring can occur due to continually rubbing and lack of cartilage.
- Medial arch correction (orthotic) and metatarsal pad (see picture)
- Slow- gentle calf stretching
- Stiff sole shoes
- Carbon fiber insert
- Avoid high heeled shoes