Running And Sesamoiditis Syndrome: Say Goodbye To Ball Of Foot Pain

Jan 31, 2020
By: Dara Mormile

You’ve fueled your long run with Kramp Krusher’s delicious chews. Your energy level is on point thanks to digestion the chews quickly, properly replenishing electrolytes, and tapping into its calcium lactate for nerve to muscle function.

As your feet are pounding the pavement, you’re making great timing. Those hills are no challenge for the endurance you’ve harnessed thanks to all the other trace minerals in Kramp Krushers gummies like magnesium and iron.

While Kramp Krusher chews prevents muscles cramps from occurring, despite the amazing feats you accomplished on the trails, a few days later you notice another kind of soreness: a tender sensation at the ball of your foot just below your big toe.

One of the possibilities is that you have sesamoiditis, which is inflammation of one or both tendons under the foot and muscle soreness or tenderness around the ball of your foot.

You might feel a dull ache that worsens as you’re walking or running.

If the pain persists more than a week or two, it could be time to take the discomfort seriously.

Sesamoid bones float underneath the metatarsal head of the big toe and one of the things that could aggravate the nerves and muscles is hard impact and contact. The sooner you treat the problem, the sooner you’ll be back on your feet.

How Serious Is Your Condition?

If you’ve rested your foot for a week or two and still have discomfort, you may need to see an orthopedic doctor who can better assess your pain and give a proper diagnosis and take x-rays.

In the worst-case scenario, the pain—and even flare-ups—could derive from a stress fracture.

Even a hairline stress fracture is a concern for specialists, who may recommend wearing an orthopedic shoe, boot or brace that keeps the foot completely straight and minimizes movement and bending underneath your big toe.

This allows the sesamoid muscles and tendons to gradually heal.

Athletes should also know that preliminary x-rays don’t always reveal a stress fracture, and oftentimes a follow-up with your doctor requires an MRI for a more in-depth look at the damage done to the foot.

How long will you be confined to a bulky shoe or boot?

Many stress fractures could take months to heal, while muscle/tendon inflammation could take a matter of weeks to improve with the help of anti-inflammatories and basic TLC like hot and cold compresses.

Wear The Right Gear For Your Activities

Are you a trail runner? Love to hike?

Before you head out on the road, make sure whatever you’re wearing provides the proper support.

This may seem like common sense, but if you’ve stomped along a rough and gravelly road in the same training shoes you sport for asphalt runs, parts of your foot that weren’t used to the impact could be effected in the long run.

Protecting the sesamoid bones and the muscles/tendons around the ball of your foot means wearing a sneaker that doesn’t allow the front of your foot to easily bend and handles impact accordingly.

Sure, runners need enough room in the toe box of their sneakers for toes to move but too much movement and weak support could have negative consequences!