If you have pain in the ball of your foot, you may have a condition called capsulitis. Capsulitis is a common condition that usually affects the second toe, but can also appear in the third and fourth toes. At the base of each toe are ligaments that surround the joint in a protective "capsule" to help the joint do its job. Inflammation of the ligament and capsule is called capsulitis.
In addition to pain in the ball of the foot, it may feel as though there is a marble in your shoe or that your sock is bunched up under the toes. The pain and swelling may make it hard to wear shoes.
What Causes Capsulitis?
Most capsulitis is caused by improper foot mechanics that put too much pressure on the ball of the foot underneath the toe joint. Individuals susceptible to this condition include those with:
- An unstable arch
- A serious bunion
- Tight calf muscles
- A second toe that is longer than the big toe
Capsulitis can also be caused by:
- Ill-fitting footwear or shoes that are not supportive
- Wearing high heels
- Trauma or injury
- Repeated toe bending like when climbing a ladder or gardening
- Ballet and other dance forms
How We Treat Capsulitis
If you have pain in the ball of your foot, don't wait - come see us at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute. We'll check your joint and examine your foot to rule out other similar problems like Morton's neuroma.
If the capsulitis isn't severe, these conservative treatments will stabilize the joint and reduce pain and inflammation:
- Rest and ice the area.
- Take anti-inflammatory medication with your doctor's permission.
- Change shoes to those with low heels and rigid soles.
- Taping the toe to prevent its drifting.
- Gently stretching the calf muscles.
- Custom-fitted orthotics to direct pressure away from the joint.
- Steroid injections to lessen inflammation.
Surgery may be required if there has been too much drift in the second toe.
Let Us Know if You Have Pain in the Ball of Your Foot
Dr. John Schilero, DPM, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to diagnose and treat capsulitis along with all other types of toe, foot and heel pain. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 to make an appointment at one of our four offices conveniently located in Palm Beach County. You can also request an appointment at the website. Don't live with foot pain - let us help relieve your discomfort today!