Synovitis

Summary

  • Inflammation of the tissues that line the joints, often under the ball of the foot. It causes redness, swelling, warmth, and pain on weightbearing or with joint motion.

How did I get this?

  • Pressure overload on the toes due to an associated deformity, wearing inappropriate footwear such as high heels or isufficient width, and arthritis.

What can I do about it?

  • Wear good fitting shoes.
  • Avoid high heels.
  • Wear a protective pad.
  • Hot or cold packs may help.
  • See a podiatrist.

What help can I get for this?

  • A podiatrist may provide padding to reduce pressure on the area, footwear advice, orthotics, strapping.
  • Your doctor may administer a cortisone injection in the injured area.
  • A surgeon to correct the associated deformity which is causing the synovitis.

When will it get better?

  • The earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better and sooner the outcome will be. If left untreated synovitis could result in rupture and permanent deformity.

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