The tendons in your legs, ankles, and feet are responsible for supporting muscle and joint movements, but trauma or overuse can cause serious pain. For tendinitis symptoms and discomfort, see Vito La Puma, DPM, Roxann V. Clarke, DPM, and John A. DeBello, DPM, in the Financial District of New York City. At Healthy Step Podiatry, the team of foot and ankle specialists can identify and provide treatment for all types of tendinitis. Begin your recovery today by calling or booking an appointment online.
Tendinitis is a condition that causes inflammation and pain in your tendons. Your tendons are responsible for connecting your muscles to your bones and joints. When your tendons become inflamed or irritated, you can experience:
Tendinitis is typically an acute injury that resolves with treatment after two to three weeks. In some cases, tendinitis may become chronic and cause compensation patterns in the associated muscles and joints.
Tendinitis can be caused by trauma or overuse. Tendons work by maintaining tension when muscle contracts and relaxes. This prevents the muscle from tearing and the tendon from tearing away from the bone. Trauma to the tendon or overuse — either from repetitive motions or the frequent rubbing of your tendon over a bone or joint — can wear down the tendon.
As you wear the tendon down, it can develop tiny tears that trigger pain, swelling, and inflammation. While rest and ice are common treatments early on, seeing the team at Healthy Step Podiatry is the best option to diagnose your condition and receive treatment to heal fully in a timely manner.
Tendinitis can occur in any tendon in the body. Certain areas are more prone to developing tendinitis, including:
These areas often develop tendinitis from frequent walking, running, or knee bending.
In order to treat tendinitis, the team recommends beginning with rest, ice, compression, and elevation until the swelling and pain subside. As you’re able to walk and move your foot or ankle with less pain, the team may recommend physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles and take the load off of your tendon. Wearing a brace may also be helpful in the initial stages of your recovery.
The team may also recommend platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to initiate healing of acute and chronic tendinitis. For severe tendinitis, including tendon tears, the team may recommend surgery to correct the damage in your tendon. In most cases, you’ll need to wear a walking boot or cast after surgery until your tendon heals and you can bear weight fully.
Find out if your symptoms are caused by tendinitis by visiting Healthy Step Podiatry — just call or book online to schedule an appointment.