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What is Capsulitis?


Capsulitis is swelling of the capsular ligaments that surround a joint. Capsulitis can happen at any joint in the human body, but it is most often seen in the foot at the base of the second toe.

Signs & Symptoms Of Capsulitis

Pain underneath or over a joint is a main sign of capsulitis. You may also experience:

  • Redness and warmth at the joint
  • Swelling
  • Pain when walking or putting pressure on the joint – often patients describe is as the feeling of walking on a pebble
  • If the particular joint has been overloaded for several time, you may also have a callus on the bottom of the foot below the affected joint

If the capsulitis is severe and the joint becomes dislocated or unstable, you may notice that the position of the bones that cover the joint may move out of place, which may leave the joint looking prominent (e.g. there being a obvious space between the toes) and other features.

What causes capsulitis?

It is generally believed that capsulitis of the second toe exists because of excessive pressure on the ball of the foot underneath the toe joint. This can be because of biomechanical factors such as:

  • Severe bunion deformity
  • Second toe longer than the big toe
  • Unstable arch
  • Tight calf muscle
  • Rigid hammertoes

In addition, activities that involve persistent excessive bending of the toes can make the ligaments becoming inflamed and overstretched. Squatting to perform work low to the ground, and wearing high heel shoes, and climbing ladders are instances of activities that can involve excessive bending of the toes.

Are you suffering from this condition or other foot problems? At The Chelsea Clinic, we offer bunion treatment. One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what nonsurgical treatments are best to get you back on track.
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at 44 (0) 207 101 4000. 📞


We hope you have a feetastic day! 👣☀️

-The Chelsea Clinic and Team



Check our blog about Blue Toe Syndrome

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At The Chelsea clinic we have a very specific skill set with regards the foot and ankle. Pleased to offer a bespoke service which is tailored to the individual. With over 20 years experience in the Fitness and Healthcare industry we are registered and qualified with the Health Care Professions Council, the College of Podiatry and the General Osteopathic Council.