Your Foot Pain Might Be Capsulitis

Have you ever heard of capsulitis? It’s a common cause of foot pain. Soft tissues, including tendons and ligaments, surround the joints throughout your body. These soft tissues form a sort of “capsule” around the joint and facilitate its function. When the ligaments in the capsule become irritated, they become inflamed, and a painful condition called capsulitis occurs. This commonly occurs in the foot, often at the big toe or second toe, and it can make standing, walking, and running extremely uncomfortable.

Capsulitis can affect men, women, and children of any age. Of note, people whose second toe is longer than the big toe are at increased risk. Capsulitis is more common in people who have other conditions that affect foot health, such as:

Symptoms of capsulitis include a feeling like there is a stone in your shoe, located most often in the ball of the foot. Pain and discomfort are typical, especially near the big toe or the second toe. This discomfort can make it challenging to wear shoes or move comfortably through your day. These symptoms can indicate a number of conditions. Only a board-certified podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM can accurately diagnose and treat your issue. If your doctor concludes that capsulitis is the source of your pain, treatment options are available. They might include:

If you are living with foot pain, or if you have a concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, a visit with a board-certified podiatrist like My Chicago Foot Expert Dr. Stavros Alexopoulos is the first step on the road to recovery. Schedule a convenient appointment in our Chicago office today. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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