Capsulitis is an inflammation of the ligament on the bottom of the foot. It is usually caused by trauma or abnormal structural functioning, which overstretches the ligament that attaches one of the toe bones to a metatarsal bone. Wearing high heels or other poorly fitting footwear and performing repetitive activities that bend the toes, such as ladder climbing, are also known causes.
Pain in the forefront of the foot is the most common symptom of capsulitis. Capsulitis is often misdiagnosed as Morton's neuroma because of similar symptoms.
Noninvasive treatments are used to resolve capsulitis, including:
- Wearing low-heeled shoes with firm soles that fit properly.
- Decreasing or temporarily discontinuing the activity responsible for the onset of the inflammation.
- A short course of oral anti-inflammatory medication. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.
- Cortisone injections.
Metatarsalgia (Pain in the Ball of your Foot)
Pain in the area between the arch and toes, or ball of the foot, is generally called metatarsalgia. The pain usually centers on one or more of the five bones (metatarsals) in this mid-portion of the foot. Also known as dropped metatarsal heads, metatarsalgia can cause abnormal weight distribution due to overpronation.
Metatarsalgia occurs when one of the metatarsal joints becomes painful or inflamed. People often develop a callus under the affected joint. Metatarsalgia also can be caused by arthritis, foot injury (from sports, a car accident, or repeated stress), hard surfaces (cement or tile floors), and specific footwear (rigid-soled work boots).
A simple change of shoes may solve the problem. In more severe cases, custom orthotics may be prescribed to alleviate the pain and prevent overpronation.
Other Types of Foot Pain
Foot pain isn't restricted to just these conditions. Dr. William Sachs can effectively diagnose and treat your foot pain when you schedule a consultation in our Toms River or Shrewsbury offices. Other types of foot pain include:
Get the Foot Pain relief you deserve with Adult & Child Footcare. Call our Toms River, NJ podiatry office at (732) 255-7070 to schedule your appointment today!