A walk along water in any season can be refreshing, but fall is especially nice with its coolness and its beautiful colors. The Silver Sands State Park in Milford has a nice boardwalk for strolls. You can also just walk on the sand and enjoy the park before winter hits. It’s a great way to stay active, though you have to be careful when you have foot pain. Problems like capsulitis worsen under stress. However, the right care for capsulitis can eliminate discomfort and get you back to enjoying nature walks again.
Capsulitis is an injury to the ligaments around a joint in the ball of the foot, where the metatarsals join the toe bones. Usually the second toe is affected, but the third and fourth digits are also vulnerable. Excessive pressure inflames the area, called a capsule, and causes pain, making it difficult to bear weight. The problem is also progressive, which means it will get worse unless you manage it.
Fortunately, the condition can be handled with conservative measures if you catch and deal with it early enough. Here are a few key ways to care for capsulitis:
- Rest – Take a break from hard-impact activities, like running, to allow the ligaments to heal.
- Ice – Cold helps decrease inflammation. Use an ice pack on the painful spot for 20 minutes at a time, with a 40 minute break between applications.
- Taping/splinting – Taping or splinting the affected toe can relieve some of the pressure on it and keep it in the correct position.
- Padding – You may need to add small pads under the ball of your foot to alleviate the pressure on the inflamed capsule. Orthotics can help with this; they can also correct biomechanical issues that may have contributed to the condition.
- Shoe changes – You may also need to switch your shoes to more supportive, cushioned models. Avoid high heels or super flat soles that direct extra pressure into the ball of the foot.
Capsulitis can progress and cause the whole digit to dislocate if it’s not managed correctly. However, a little care can go a long way. Let our Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. staff help you treat your painful forefoot. Don’t wait and risk complications. Call either of our two offices— (203) 876-7736 for Milford and (203) 288-4055 for Hamden, CT—or submit a request through our website to make an appointment with us.