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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
December 17, 2015
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So many foot problems are caused by poor footwear choices. One of these is Capsulitis. This condition usually affects the second, third, or fourth toes and occurs when the ligaments that surround (or encapsulate) the joint at the base of the toe become inflamed.

Symptoms of Capsulitis

Capsulitis is a progressive disorder that is most successfully treated in its early stages. At Philip S. Pinsker we urge our patients to seek diagnosis and treatment of any foot problem when you first notice symptoms. For Capsulitis, these symptoms include pain, particularly on the ball of the foot, particularly when walking barefoot. Patients who have this condition describe the pain like the feeling that there is a pebble in your shoe. You may also notice swelling at the base of the toe and, as time goes on, the toe will start to drift toward the next toe and eventually even cross over it, making it increasingly difficult to wear shoes without pain.

Causes

High heels and shoes with narrow toe boxes put pressure on your toes and force additional weight bearing on the balls of the feet and leads to Capsulitis. Other causes of Capsulitis are rooted in faulty foot mechanics which result in an abnormal amount of pressure being put on the ball of the foot. Our board certified podiatrist, Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M., will be looking at the structure of your foot to determine what is causing this pressure. People with a second toe longer than the big toe, an unstable arch, tight calf muscle, or severe bunion deformity are all more likely to develop Capsulitis.

Treatment Options

When caught early, there are a number of conservative treatment options available, including:

  • Rest, icing, and oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Taping/splinting to realign the toe and keep it in the proper position
  • Stretching exercises, particularly for patients with tight calf muscles
  • Orthotic devices which can redistribute weight and take the pressure off the ball of the foot

If you have any of the above symptoms that might signal the early stage of Capsulitis, make an appointment at our Washington office and prevent a minor annoyance from become a major disability.