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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.