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Recognizing the Signs of Tendonitis

Your feet and ankles are held together by dozens of tendons and ligaments. These strong, fibrous bands of tissue connect bone to muscle and give you the power to move your feet. But sometimes, overuse and inflammation can trigger tendonitis.

Tendonitis is common, and the pain it causes can force you off your feet. Pain can make walking and standing impossible, and severe cases can cause instability and decreased mobility.

The good news is that treatment is effective in minimizing pain and getting you back on your feet, and Ankle & Foot Associates LLC is here to help. Our team of experts specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions affecting feet and ankles, including tendonitis.

We offer comprehensive evaluations, including advanced medical imaging, to understand your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan to restore wellness and mobility. If you’re bothered by foot or ankle pain, it’s time to learn more about the signs of tendonitis so you can get the care you need. 

Common symptoms of tendonitis

Pain is often the first sign of tendonitis. But since foot and ankle pain could indicate anything from a sprain to arthritis, identifying the cause behind your pain isn’t always easy.

Tendonitis pain is unique because it comes and goes. If you have tendonitis, pain is generally worse after you’ve been resting. You might notice stiffness in your foot and ankle or sharp pain when you take your first steps in the morning. Pain may also be worse when you stand after sitting for a prolonged period of time. 

Pain dissipates as you continue your activity, but then it often reappears if you’ve been on your feet for too long. Some people notice a consistent, dull ache, while others notice visible swelling in the foot or ankle. The tendon may also be sensitive to touch.

Where you feel pain depends largely on which tendon is affected. A few of the most common types of foot and ankle tendonitis are:

Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of your achilles tendon at the back of your ankle. It causes pain in your heel, which can extend all the way up to the middle of your calf. Pain may be worse when walking or running.

Peroneal tendonitis

Peroneal tendonitis causes pain along the outside edge of your ankle. It can be triggered by overpronation of the foot, and it’s common in runners and other athletes.

Anterior tibial tendonitis

Anterior tibial tendonitis causes pain in front of your ankle and at the top of your foot. You might notice more pain when walking on sloped surfaces or going down stairs.  

Posterior tibial tendonitis

Posterior tibial tendonitis causes pain on the inside of your ankle and down the side of your foot. It can occur with low arches and flat feet. 

Risk factors of tendonitis

Tendonitis causes pain because the tendon gets inflamed with repetitive activity. Anyone can develop tendonitis, but certain factors may make the condition more likely. Your foot or ankle pain could be a sign of tendonitis, particularly if you:

Tendonitis sometimes occurs along with other foot and ankle conditions. An ankle sprain, arthritis, gout, or an infection could all trigger inflammation in a tendon and lead to tendonitis.

Find relief from tendonitis pain with help from the podiatric team at Ankle & Foot Associates LLC. Call the office nearest you or send us a message online to get started.

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