Wanted: Treatment at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group
We’ll start your treatment by taking a look at your foot and testing the joint stability. We’ll also look for potential causes and ask you what you think caused problem. There’s a possibility that we may use X-rays to rule out certain foot conditions.
For initial treatment, we advise that you rest and ice your foot. We may ask you to consider an oral anti-inflammatory medication. If your toe is starting to drift into an incorrect position, we’ll show you how to tape your toe to put it back in place.
If your pain still doesn’t go away, we can put you in a custom-made orthotic with a metatarsal pad. This will take pressure off the area and decrease the amount your toe has to bend when you walk. At this point, we can also try cortisone injections.
Shoes can make a world of difference. Avoid high heels, flip-flops, and any shoes without proper sole support. You’ll need a stiff-soled shoe with a lot of cushion in the ball of the foot.
These conservative treatments will take around four to six weeks to heal your ligaments surrounding the toes. We might try corrective surgery when you have a condition like hammertoes, since it can greatly reduce your pain.
If you have any concerns about capsulitis or pain in the ligaments at the base of your big toe, call us at the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group. To make an appointment, dial 916-961-3434 to reach our office in Carmichael or Roseville, CA.