Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Essential Footgear:

March 30, 2018
Candy Everitt


I am battling sesamoid pain following an Austin bunionectomy with screw fixation. The bunion was corrected, which I am very thankful for; however, I have been left with agonizing pain under the ball of my foot (it feels like a pebble).

My questions: Even though the bunion was removed (and the big toe is aligned), is it possible that the toe could still be “off,” resulting in the sesamoid bones becoming slightly misaligned and causing this pain? Also, will Correct Toes help in aligning the sesamoid bones in their proper location? I am an active individual who loves running and exercising, and this pain is debilitating. Thank you for your time!

March 30, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Candy,

Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry to hear about that sesamoid pain. That does indeed sound agonizing.

It’s hard to say exactly what’s going on here without the benefit of a full health history interview and physical examination, so I can’t really comment on possible underlying problems that may or may not be due to the bunionectomy.

What I can say is that misaligned sesamoid bones can be a significant source of pain at the base of the big toe, and that Correct Toes toe spacers have, in our experience, been helpful in realigning the sesamoid bones and alleviating sesamoid-related discomfort.

Please do let us know if you have any additional questions!

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

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