Does Eating Meat Make Tendonitis Worse?

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Ask the experts

I have tendonitis (trigger finger also) in my hands. It seems to worsen after eating red meats. What's the connection?

Doctor's response

There is no direct relationship between eating red meat and inflammation of tendons or tendonitis (also spelled tendinitis).

An indirect relationship might occur, especially if extra salt is eaten with the meat. If inflammation is present in a tendon, the salt associated with eating meat potentially can cause water retention that could lead to further swelling around the involved tendons that could make the tendonitis appear worse. The area around the tendon then would seem more stiff and swollen.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care


"Trigger finger (stenosing flexor tenosynovitis)"

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Reviewed on 8/30/2017