Sesamoid bones are unique in that they are not connected to any other bones in the body. They are two very small bones (about the size of a kernel of corn) on the underside of the foot near the big toe. These two sesamoids provide a smooth surface over which the tendons that control the big toe are located. These tendons can become inflamed, causing sesamoiditis. This pain may develop gradually, and may be present while bending and straightening the big toe.
Rest will help the pain and inflammation to decrease. A consult with a podiatrist is indicated to rule out a sesamoid fracture. We may also refer you to a Physical Therapist to identify and correct any imbalances in your muscles or motions. It may take several months for the pain associated with sesamoiditis to be completely relieved.