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The response to the question below was authored by Marc Mitnick DPM
Thank you for your very interesting and informative site! I'm a 60-year-old woman, not overweight, experiencing what feels like a bubble on the bottom of my foot, just behind my middle toe. I don't see any discoloration or swelling. It is not painful, but causes increasing discomfort if I walk barefoot or in shoes other than my sturdy walking shoes. The walking shoes correct my pronation, and I wear them 98% of my waking hours. They reduce my condition to a mild, constant annoyance, as if I had a plastic, fluid-filled bubble in my shoe. I first noticed it six months ago, and attributed it to sleeping with my sheets tucked in tightly, so that my toes were always pressed down or my feet turned awkwardly to the side. Leaving my covers loose gave me immediate relief, but the condition seems to have worsened a bit, with the "bubble" feeling larger and sometimes as if it is also behind my second toe. Am I correct in thinking this might be capsulitis? I wish I lived near your office, but since I am far away, I would appreciate knowing if you believe there's any chance that this condition will improve with time and my sensible shoes. If staying off the foot completely for a time would help, how long would such a recovery time typically be? Thank you!
Thanks for your kind words. You state that this condition started six months ago which would tell me that it is probably not going away on its own. The "bubble" feeling that you get is probably due to inflammation on the bottom of the foot and it could possibly be inflammation from capsulitis, but there is also the possibility that you have a soft tissue growth underneath the skin such as a cyst.
Theoretically, staying off your foot should improve the problem, if it is a capsulitis, but it is impossible to give you a time frame, plus that is not the most efficient way to treat the problem.
Why not make an appointment with a podiatrist and find out exactly what is causing your discomfort and have some treated geared towards alleviating the problem in a timely manner.
Marc Mitnick DPMFind a Podiatrist Near You
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