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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen What’s Behind Capsulitis | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

What’s Behind Capsulitis

The joints at the base of your toes are encapsulated by ligaments which aid in the proper functioning of the joint. When these ligaments become inflamed, an uncomfortable condition known as Capsulitis occurs. Capsulitis usually affects the second, third or fourth toe. It requires treatment or it can lead to the weakening of other nearby ligaments and result in a dislocation of the toe.

Common Causes

Basically, the cause of Capsulitis is due to overstretching the affected ligament or an excessive amount of pressure on the ball of the foot underneath the toe joint. There are several possible reasons for this to happen:

  • Structural defects in the foot, such as bunions, tight calf muscles, or arch issues
  • Disorders that involve inflammation like arthritis
  • Injury or trauma to the toes or forefoot
  • Repetitive activities that require excessive squatting and bending of the toes: ladder climbing, getting up and down from the floor, etc.
  • Poorly fitting footwear, high heels that squeeze the toes and put pressure on the forefoot



If you have Capsulitis, you will most likely experience pain in the ball of the foot; it may feel like there’s a rock in your shoe or that your sock is scrunched up—the pain may be worse when you walk barefoot. There may also be swelling at the base of your toe and in the ball of your foot and it may feel very uncomfortable wearing shoes. Capsulitis is a progressive condition that will get worse if not treated. That’s why it’s best to make an appointment at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care when you first notice symptoms of Capsulitis. Our foot and ankle doctors, Christopher J. Mullin, DPM, Jessica A. Addeo, DPM, and Rajan Patel, DPM will carefully examine your toe and most likely order x-rays and possibly other imaging studies. Symptoms common to Capsulitis are similar to other medical conditions and an accurate diagnosis is necessary before the proper treatment can be prescribed.

If treated in its early stages, the foot doctor has several conservative treatment options but once Capsulitis progresses to the point where the toe begins to move out of place, surgery may be needed. So don’t delay, schedule an evaluation at our Aberdeen office at your soonest convenience if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing What’s Behind Capsulitis, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen