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Take Capsulitis Seriously

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Does a morning walk through Breckinridge Park to learn about nature photography sound like a delight to you? Then you should definitely be looking into the “Urban Naturalist: Nature Photography in the Fall” event being held at the park Oct. 3. Here’s a different picture: pain at the base of your toe or the ball of your foot is making you second-guess going on such a stroll. You should get that checked out—especially if it’s been bothering you for more than just a few days. You might have capsulitis, and the sooner it is addressed, the better it will be for your feet!

Capsulitis is the inflammation of ligaments that surround a joint. These tough tissues help keep the bones in place so movement is free and smooth. However, excess stress on these ligaments can cause them to become swollen and painful. The second toe joint is the one most frequently affected.

In the beginning, the condition may cause a nagging discomfort that might feel like something is lodged inside your shoe or sock. If you choose to grit your teeth and bear it, however, it can grow worse and the ligaments weaker. If they grow too weak, the joint can become unstable and the toe begins to drift toward its neighbor, eventually overlapping it. Once that shift starts, it can’t be reversed except through surgery.

When it comes to persistent toe pain, it is best not to let nature run its course. Dr. Gene Reister of Richardson Podiatry Associates will be happy to focus on your feet and get an accurate picture of any problems before they become potentially severe. Take the first step by calling us at (972) 690-5374 to schedule an appointment.

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