What is synovitis of the ankle?

What is synovitis of the ankle?

Ankle synovitis is a condition in which the soft tissue lining of the ankle joint, called the synovial tissue, becomes inflamed. This causes pain and swelling. It can be the result of injury or overuse. Inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis) and osteoarthritis can also cause synovitis.

Can you see synovitis on an MRI?

Radiographic features Synovitis can be well-visualized and assessed with ultrasound and MRI. Broad general features include synovial thickening (can take many forms), synovial enhancement and increased vascularity (e.g. on color Doppler ultrasound). An effusion may be present.

How long does ankle synovitis take to heal?

This condition will usually respond within 3 to 6 weeks of treatment.

How is ankle synovitis treated?

Treatment for synovitis usually consists of rest and anti-inflammatory medications. Medications may include oral drugs known as DMARDs (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs) and, in some cases, steroid injections.

Can you see synovitis on xray?

Radiographs show typical findings such as soft-tissue swelling, marginal erosions, periarticular osteopenia, joint space narrowing, and joint subluxation. Besides bone alterations, this imaging modality is unable to display synovitis at an early stage.

How is ankle synovitis diagnosed?

What are the signs and symptoms?

  1. Ache, pain and/or heat at the front or side of the ankle.
  2. Occasional pain at the back of the ankle.
  3. Symptoms are generally worse in the morning and usually feel better once the ankle is warmed up.
  4. Symptoms generally worsen during walking or running and are aggravated with uneven surfaces.

How long does toxic synovitis last?

Toxic synovitis usually goes away within a week or two, but sometimes can last for 4-5 weeks. While most kids have no long-term effects from it, some can develop toxic synovitis multiple times during childhood. If your child has a history of toxic synovitis, let your doctor know.