Capsulitis Causes Pain in the Ball of Your Foot


One of the most common foot problems that cause pain in the ball of the foot is a condition called capsulitis. It is so named because it refers to the “capsule” that is created by the tendons, ligaments, and other components that surround your big toe. 

The pain of capsulitis is caused when these tissues become inflamed due to stress, injury, or disease. Having poor pronation and abnormal gait mechanics contributes to the problem. Work activities that involve climbing ladders or kneeling with your toes bent can also contribute to stress in the ball of the foot. 

When capsulitis is diagnosed and treated in the early stages, conservative methods that involve joint stabilizing and minimizing pain and inflammation are very effective. As the condition worsens, however, surgery may be required. 

Some simple treatments for capsulitis include the following:

  1. Resting—Taking the stress and pressure off the ball of the foot is essential for healing to occur. Raising the foot while resting will help reduce swelling.

  2. Icing and ibuprofen—to help relieve inflammation and pain.

  3. Custom orthotic inserts—Proper placement of orthotic shoe inserts can isolate the ball of the foot, relieve the excess pressure, and promote healing.

People who have toe deformities like bunions are more susceptible to developing capsulitis. Having untreated arch problems and arthritis are also risk factors.  

If you are experiencing pain in the ball of your foot, see your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment recommendations. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey, including Monroe Township. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe Township/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155.