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The synovial lining is a membrane that lines joints that have cavities, including the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTP). When this lining becomes inflamed, it is called synovitis and can cause joint pain. In the MTP joint, synovitis results in toe pain, and it can be related to capsulitis, arthritis and gout. Our orthopedic specialists at DOCS Health offer treatment for MTP synovitis, capsulitis and toe pain at our medical center in Los Angeles.

What is synovitis of the MTP joint and what causes it? The inflammation of the synovial lining of the MTP joint can be caused by a few different factors. Stress on the toe joints can cause inflammation, which is made worse with activity. This can be caused by loosening of the ligaments in the MTP joints, allowing the bones to move and cause irritation. Rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune diseases can also contribute to MTP synovitis, as well as capsulitis.

Treatment for MTP Synovitis (Toe Pain)

MTP synovitis can cause toe pain, swelling and results in the toes overlapping. Patients with MTP synovitis or capsulitis may have trouble walking and shoes can be uncomfortable. Synovitis and capsulitis do not usually improve on their own. Treatment is needed to help relieve the inflammation and reposition the toes or joints. Treatments can include:

  • Taping or splinting toes
  • Cortisone shots
  • Specialized shoes or custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Severe cases may require surgery (osteotomy or synovectomy)

With the right treatment plan, toe pain can be managed to offer improved mobility and comfort. Conservative treatments are recommended first, with surgical intervention only when other treatments are ineffective at relieving pain for better function.

If you have swelling and pain near the toe joints, you may suffer from MTP synovitis or capsulitis. Our orthopedic specialists at DOCS Health can offer accurate diagnosis and MTP synovitis treatment to relieve toe pain and improved mobility. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with an orthopedic foot specialist at our clinic in Los Angeles.