BIG TOE PAIN

I am 16 and roughly 105 pounds. I have been doing cross country for about a month and a half now. We run about 6 miles a day, so 30 a week. Just about a week ago I noticed pain in my big toe, but only when I ran. It was like a soar pain. I had the pain under my big toe, and it progressed to the point where I notice it when I am not running. it doesn’t hurt to move my toe up and down, but when I curl my toes real tight I notice it and only when that foot hits the ground while running. I did not do anything significant to injure it and I am not sure why this is happening? its on the bottom of my big toe, right about the middle of my toe right above the ball of my foot. It also seems to hurt by the second joint (the one just under the pad of my toe). any ideas of what this could be? I can still run but it really is beginning to hurt more and more. Thanks for the help!!

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question. It sounds like it may be your sesamoids which lie underneath the big toe joint. Everytime the big toe flexes to push off, you glide over these two small sesamoid bones. Excessive flexion during running can create stress to the ligaments that stabilize these small bones – resulting in sesamoiditis. If you have not seen a Podiatrist yet, I would recommend seeing one as they can discuss the best treatment options including injections, padding or orthotics. Because we stress the sesamoids when we walk and run, often these injuries take awhile to heal. Good luck!

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