Tendonitis is a common cause of foot and ankle pain. If you have pain in your feet and ankles that subsides with movement, contact Lee K. Gold, DPM, and Ignazio D. Perna, DPM, at their practice in Brighton, Livonia, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Taylor, and Troy, Michigan. The board-certified podiatrists offer expert diagnosis and customized treatment to heal your body and relieve your pain. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Tendonitis is a painful inflammatory condition that affects your tendons — the bands of thick tissue that connect your muscles to your bones. Your feet and ankles are particularly vulnerable to tendonitis because you use them every day, and the constant movement can lead to friction, inflammation, and pain.
Your Achilles tendon is the biggest and strongest tendon in your body. It connects your calf muscles to your heel and allows you to bend and flex your foot — movements that are critical to walking, running, and jumping. Achilles tendonitis is a common injury in athletes who spend hours running and jumping every day.
Pain is the most common symptom of tendonitis. Your pain may be most severe when you wake up in the morning or after periods of rest, and it usually subsides or lessens as you begin to move around. Other symptoms include:
If you notice pain, swelling, or stiffness in your feet and ankles, take a couple of days to rest and use over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and ice packs to alleviate your swelling and pain. If your symptoms don’t subside after a day or two of rest, make an appointment with Dr. Gold and Dr. Perna for diagnosis and treatment.
Overuse is one of the most common causes of tendonitis. Over time, your tendons can stretch and begin to tear, which causes inflammation and pain. You may also develop tendonitis if you have abnormal foot structures such as high arches or flat feet, which can affect your gait and put additional tension on your tendons. You may also get tendonitis after a foot or ankle injury.
Your risk of tendonitis increases as you age, as your tendons become less flexible. If you have a job or hobby that requires you to spend a lot of time moving around or making repetitive motions, you also increase your chances of developing the condition.
The board-certified podiatrists offer customized treatment plans for tendonitis. In most cases, rest is a critical component of your treatment plan, allowing time for your body’s natural healing response to repair your tendon. Your doctor may also recommend anti-inflammatory medication and an immobilizing device such as a cast or a boot to protect your tendons.
You may also benefit from physical therapy to rebuild strength and flexibility in your tendons, muscles, and other connective tissues or to correct a gait issue that stresses your tendons.
Call Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna, or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment for tendonitis in your feet or ankles.