Pain under your big toe is usually related to a problem called sesamoiditis. You have two small, kernel-sized bones called sesamoids embedded in a tendon under the ball of the foot at the base of the big toe. They act like pulleys for this digit, giving it more power when you push off the ground. These little bones and the tendon they’re embedded in can become irritated from overuse, however. This causes an aching pain underneath the foot that feels worse when you put pressure on it and better when you relax. Since this is an overuse injury, the condition tends to worsen unless you intervene and treat the problem.
Fortunately, conservative therapies tend to be very successful for managing this painful condition. If you’re struggling, don’t wait until you’re limping to seek treatment. Let us know here at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona and we can help you restore your lower limbs. Send us a request through the website, call, or fax our two locations to reach us: for Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; for Gilbert, call (480) 981-1800 and Fax (480) 981-0229.