When people send packages with delicate contents, typically they pack the sensitive objects in something soft to help protect them. These packing materials, whether Styrofoam, bubble wrap, or simple packing paper, are designed to prevent unnecessary movement as well as help absorb any shock. Your body has tissues to do this, too. Around your joints, which deal with quite a lot of motion and impacts, these tissue capsules help the joint work efficiently. However, you can also develop painful capsulitis that inhibits motion.
Restoring the Capsule to Health and Comfort
Treatment for this ball of the foot pain is usually conservative. You’ll need to have the problem accurately diagnosed to address it correctly—the symptoms often resemble other ball of the foot problems that need different management. Careful tests, manipulating the toes, and feeling the forefoot helps our doctors determine the specific cause of your discomfort. Then our staff will help you begin therapies to resolve the pain and stabilize the capsule.
You’ll need to reduce the stress on the forefoot. This often means changing your footwear to models with low heels, padded soles, and sufficient midfoot support. Adding orthotics may help as well; these can provide extra cushioning in the shoe as well as correct biomechanical issues that may have caused the excess pressure. You’ll also need to decrease the irritation in your ligaments. Ice the ball of your foot to help minimize swelling and inflammation in the tissues. We may recommend anti-inflammatory medications, particularly for stubborn pain.
On a rare occasion, you may need surgery to correct a dislocated toe or issues from uneven metatarsal bones. If your digit doesn’t respond to conservative methods, it will continue to worsen with time and pressure. To truly restore your foot and relieve your pain then, you’ll need a procedure to realign your toe, or reposition or shorten your metatarsal heads.
Capsulitis is just one possible source of your ball of the foot pain, but it can cause significant toe weakness and make walking more uncomfortable. You don’t have to learn to live with the problem, however. You can take steps to eliminate it. Let us know at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in Chandler outside of Phoenix, AZ. See how we can help.