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Bring on Cupid and Keep Away Capsulitis

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loveLove is in the air, and it can be on the water, too! Hornblower Cruises has brunch and dinner excursions departing from Newport Beach throughout Valentine’s Day weekend. It’s a great opportunity to admire romantic ocean views and the deep, loving eyes of your sweetheart, so you don’t want to be distracted by maddening pain and uncomfortable sensations in the ball of your foot! While capsulitis is not always avoidable, there are ways to help prevent it from creeping up and fouling the mood.

Capsulitis is an inflammation of the ligaments surrounding a joint. Most frequently, this joint belongs to the second toe. These ligaments become all hot and bothered—not from passion, but from having to bear too much weight and pressure.

Some factors that might cause the inflammation can be hard to avoid. Having a second toe longer than your big toe can create excessive pressure, as can unstable arches or tight calf muscles. Other factors are more external, such as a job that has you constantly crouching or climbing ladders. Wearing extreme high heels or exceedingly flimsy footwear can also be responsible for the condition.

If you don’t want ball of foot pain to cramp your style on the dance floor this Valentine’s Day, making moves to treat your feet right can help. For one, stick to more sensible, supportive footwear for your dates (that you still look great in, of course!). If you have tight calves, condition them through stretching to take some of the force off the ball of your foot.

Finally, if your job or foot shape increases your risk of getting this condition, let the doctors at California Foot and Ankle Institute help you fight back. We have orthotics and other treatments that not only reduce your risk for capsulitis, but also make your feet feel more comfortable as a whole. Now who wouldn’t love that? Call our Victorville office at (760) 951-2000 or our Irvine office at (949) 833-3406 to schedule an appointment. You can also reach us toll-free at (888) 796-6631.

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