Dr. Timothy Young Discusses Stubborn Capsulitis

Dr. Timothy Young Discusses Stubborn Capsulitis


I have had this condition myself.  We are talking about capsulitis of the second metatarsal phalangeal joint  (MTP joint) in the ball of the foot, near the base of the second toe.  There have been previous blogs about the potential cause of this problem.  Treatment has to address the underlying cause and foot structure as much as possible.  If the calves are tight, then they have to be stretched and use a night splint or even have a gastroc recession surgery.  If there is a bunion and the whole first metatarsal is not bearing is fair share weight then it can cause stress overload to the next in line second metatarsal.  Orthotics and foot taping often help this.  

Sometimes it's not enough and sometimes especially if there is damage to the capsule such as the plantar plate, we then have to correct the bunion and consider surgery on the second metatarsal.  But there are other cases that don't require surgery.  It still imperative to do all the other treatments. The correct shoes with a forefoot rocker, sometimes zero drop shoe such as Altra Shoes can also help.  Avoiding the activity that seems to aggravate this also can be critical.  For example, if you're runner or speed walker, you may have to put that on hold or do cross training until her symptoms have completely resolved.  For myself, this seemed to come on after I had resumed running after several months off.  I had to make sure my orthotics were still appropriate for this problem.  I wore correct shoes.  I had to stop running and cross train.  I worked on stretching my calf and I have a night splint also.  

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