Capsulitis in the feet is an inflammation of the ligaments surrounding the toe joints, most often seen in the second two digits. The main reason for the condition is excessive force to the forefoot, causing sharp or aching pain with any pressure or movement in the ball of the foot and base of the toes. Eventually, the toe will start to drift out of alignment. If this occurs, it is too late for conservative treatments—surgery will be necessary to reposition or shorten the bone.
To avoid a surgical procedure, you must catch the condition in its early stages and treat it with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medicine. You can also try stretches, taping, splinting, shoe modifications, and inserts. Only if these all fail, or the condition goes on too long, will surgery have to be performed.
If you are experiencing toe pain and swelling, come see us at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic. Nip the problem in the bud by calling 210.375.3318 or visiting our Universal City, TX, location to make an appointment with Dr. Darren Silvester.