Top 8 Ways to Care For Capsulitis
Capsulitis of the second toe might not have the same “name brand recognition” as other high-profile foot deformities like bunions or hammertoes. But this frustrating condition is more common than you might think—and if left unchecked, can cause significant pain and deformity in the toe, ultimately leading to it “crossing over” the big toe.
In other words, if you think you might have this condition—or really any painful problem affecting your feet or toes—taking swift action is always the best bet. The good news is that, quite often, the progression of capsulitis can be halted or slowed with conservative measures.
What Is Capsulitis and Do I Have It?
Capsulitis is an injury to the ligaments that surround the joint (and form a “capsule”) at the base of a toe. The second toe is by far the most common affected digit, although capsulitis can sometimes develop in the third and fourth toes as well.
Excessive pressure and stress on the ball of the foot near the base of the toes can inflame and damage the joint capsule. This can make walking or bearing weight extremely painful, especially when barefoot. You might also feel like you’re standing on a pebble or marble, even when there isn’t anything there.
Capsulitis symptoms can be very similar to Morton’s neuroma, which also tends to feel like standing on a pebble. However, with capsulitis you’ll tend to feel the discomfort directly under the base of the toe, whereas neuromas develop in the spaces between the toes.
As mentioned above, it is critical to identify and treat a possible case of capsulitis as quickly as possible to prevent it from progressing into the “crossover toe” stage, which is more painful and more difficult to treat.
Top 8 Ways to Care for Capsulitis
Early treatment intervention for capsulitis will focus on two primary goals: one, reducing the severity of your symptoms, and two, slowing the rate of progression.