Capsulitis (Swelling Around a Joint)

A capsule is the tissue that surrounds the joint and helps to hold it in place.  When referring to the feet, there are several that attach the toes to the foot.

Capsulitis in these joints present with pain to the ball of the foot especially when standing without shoes on.  It tends to be a nagging pain that no matter how many pairs of shoes you buy or if you wear 2 pairs of socks, you can't seem to figure out why it won't go away.

How Did I Get This?

Typically it's from a structural problem, that's best diagnosed by a Podiatrist.  After identifying the exact location of the pain and examining an X-ray, the cause can be determined.

Often due to arthritis in an adjacent area, a dropped metatarsal (long bone that connects your toe to your foot), foot shape, etc.

Treatment Options

  • Basic toe taping
  • Ice
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Padding
  • Steroid injection
  • Adjustment of shoe and insert
  • Custom orthotics  
  • Surgery is not indicated for capsulitus, however, if severe enough and if conservative treatment options fail, surgery may be indicated to address the structural problem causing the capsule to be inflamed.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment



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