Ligaments connect the toes to the metatarsal bones, surrounding the toe joints in the shape of a capsule. When these toe joint ligaments get inflamed affecting the ball of the foot directly beneath, the condition is called Capsulitis.
Capsulitis affects both men and women between the ages of 30-60 years. In the sports field, volleyball and basketball players are most susceptible to capsulitis due to the stress placed on the forefoot when the player gets ready to jump for the ball.
Causes of Capsulitis:
- Sudden stress to the toe or forefoot
- Anatomy of the foot
- Ill-fitting footwear
- Activities that require pressure on the ball of the foot
Symptoms of Capsulitis:
- Swelling, redness and tenderness around the affected toe joint capsule
- Pain and stiffness in the ball of the foot
- Aches and sharp pain in the toes
- Difficulty in walking
- Painful calluses
Common Treatment Strategies:
- Wearing proper foot wear with support or cushioned orthotics
- Reducing activities that require putting stress on toes
- Ice application to swollen and infected toe joint
If however, the symptoms of capsulitis indicate what you may be experiencing in your toe joints, contact a podiatrist for treatment, as they are the only ones specialized in dealing with foot and ankle problems. At Syracuse Podiatry, located in Fayetteville, NY, board certified podiatrist Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico treats all foot and ankle problems including but not limited to reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, with tremendous dedication and interest. In all his years of treating pedal problems, Dr. D’Amico has become aware of one simple fact – by restoring the natural function of the foot, all pedal problems disappear.
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