Forefoot capsulitis is a condition in which the capsule around the metatarsophalangeal joint of the forefoot becomes inflamed. The joint is an important link in the foot and has an important function in walking, standing and running. An inflammation of the capsule around this joint can therefore lead to pain, stiffness and limitation of the foot's range of motion.
There are several causes for forefoot capsulitis, including overuse, aging, injuries, and certain medical conditions. The symptoms of forefoot capsulitis include pain, stiffness, and swelling in the area around the metatarsophalangeal joint.
Treatment of forefoot capsulitis depends on the severity of the condition and in many cases includes conservative treatments such as physical therapy, medication, and certain exercises. Severe cases may also require injections or surgery.
Physical therapy is an important part of treating forefoot capsulitis. A physical therapist can recommend specific exercises aimed at improving joint mobility and strength. In addition, wearing orthoses or arch supports can help reduce pain and stiffness.
It is important to seek treatment for forefoot capsulitis in a timely manner to prevent further damage to the joint. If you suffer from pain, stiffness and limited movement of your foot, it is wise to make an appointment with your doctor or physiotherapist. Together you can discuss which treatment best suits your specific situation.