Foot pain is a very common problem. However, the challenge with foot pain is that there are many different potential causesmaking it even difficult at times for healthcare professionals to get to the root of your discomfort. Where the pain is and how it feels—throbbing, aching, stabbing, tender, and so on—can offer clues, but given all the possible causes, symptoms may not be enough to settle on a diagnosis.
A sesamoid is a bone embedded in a tendon. Sesamoids are found in several joints in the body. In the normal foot, the sesamoids are two pea-shaped bones located in the ball of the foot, beneath the big toe joint.
Sesamoiditis is a common ailment that affects the forefoot, typically in young people who engage in physical activity like running or dancing. Its most common symptom is pain under the big toe joint. The term is a general description for any irritation of the sesamoid bones, which are tiny bones within the tendons that run to the big toe.
Pain in your big toe joint can make you miserable. Even though the joints of the toes are small, they are important for healthy foot functioning. These joints endure significant weight-bearing stress.
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Back to Foot pain. Pain in the ball of your foot is known as metatarsalgia. You can usually ease the pain yourself.
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Excess pressure on your forefoot can cause pain and inflammation in your metatarsals — the long bones in the front of your feet, just below your toes. Metatarsalgia met-uh-tahr-SAL-juh is a condition in which the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed. You might develop it if you participate in activities that involve running and jumping. There are other causes as well, including foot deformities and shoes that are too tight or too loose.