When Capsulitis Affects Your Toe Joints

In the human body, when two bones meet they form a joint which aids in movement. All joints are surrounded by tough tissue called ligaments. The toe joints have cap shaped ligaments around them, and if any kind of stress is placed on the joint, the capsular ligament gets inflamed resulting in a problem called Capsulitis. This condition can affect any joint, but shoulders and toes are more commonly affected. Men and women between the ages of 30 – 60 years usually suffer from capsulitis.

What kind of stress causes capsulitis?

  • Excessive weight-bearing activities on the ball of the foot under the affected toe joint
  • Running long distances
  • Trauma to the foot
  • Climbing ladders and gardening which causes the ligaments of the toes to overstretch and become inflamed
  • Wearing high heels or shoes that do not support the foot
  • Medical conditions such as arthritis

What symptoms indicate capsulitis?

  • A nagging pain in the forefoot.
  • Pain when stretching the foot or toes
  • Stiffness in the forefoot
  • Problems while walking
  • Swelling and redness near the affected toe joints


Many foot problems can become serious if ignored, especially since quite a few of them have similar symptoms. Contact a podiatrist and get an accurate diagnosis. Initially, the podiatrist will recommend conservative treatment, which can be easily followed at home:

  • Application of ice to the affected area
  • Wearing proper footwear which provides plenty of support to the foot
  • The use of orthotics to avoid stress on the foot
  • Rest from activities which cause stretching of the ligaments of the toes
  • Anti-inflammatory medication for a short while

However, if the pain persists and the swelling gets worse, it is time to visit the podiatrist for a complete checkup. If you live in Montgomery, Alabama, who better to call but

Dr. Michael L. Rosenberg of Montgomery Foot Care Specialists, an experienced podiatrist with a passion to educate his patients about their ailment and help them get better. No condition is too insignificant or too difficult for him. You may contact the office at

(334) 396-3668, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosenberg.