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Synovitis (Toe Pain)


  Medically reviewed by board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Nic Gay, MD and Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds, MD

What is Synovitis?

Synovitis describes the inflammation of the synovial membrane. If a joint possesses cavities and is lined by a synovial membrane, it is a synovial joint. Synovitis is a condition that typically results in pain, swelling and limitations in movement of the joint. Swelling is a result of synovial fluid that collects in and around the joint.

Although synovitis is most commonly associated with diseases such as arthritis, it can result from overexertion or an injury. When synovitis affects the toes, standing, walking and running may prove difficult and painful. You can seek effective and affordable treatment for synovitis at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics.

Conservative treatment for synovitis may include rest, ice and medication. Surgery could be necessary in cases that are persistent. Dr. Nic Gay or Dr. Masi Reynolds will create a treatment plan for synovitis that is individualized to your specific needs.

Synovitis Symptoms

Synovitis is usually diagnosed as the result of a comprehensive physical exam at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics. Dr. Nic Gay or Dr. Masi Reynolds will check the affected toes or other joints for redness, swelling, warmth and limited joint movement. Your doctor will also ask questions to determine pain levels and how much your movement is limited by symptoms.

Surgical options are a last resort for treating synovitis at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics. However, it is important to seek a diagnosis to determine the cause of your pain in the early stages of any condition. Many rheumatic conditions are progressive, which means that further wear and tear may occur if the condition is not treated and controlled.

If you have concerns about your toe pain that may indicate synovitis, book an appointment with Silicon Valley Orthopaedics today. We use advanced diagnostic tools at our practice. Your care will be in the hands of an experienced orthopedic team in California, under the leadership of Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds.

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