Synovitis is inflammation of the tissues that line a joint.
It is commonly associated with specific diseases such as arthritis or gout, but
may also be the result of overuse or trauma. Symptoms of synovitis may include
redness, swelling, warmth, and pain with joint motion.
Evaluation by a foot and ankle surgeon will help confirm the
diagnosis, and help rule out other possible concerns such as fractures or
infections. The surgeon may sample fluid from the joint to analyze for
inflammatory cells, or may order xrays or other advanced imaging tests to
better evaluate the affected joint.
Treatment for synovitis includes rest, ice, immobilization
and oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, and
may include steroid injections into the joint. Surgery may be indicated in
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