Tendinitis

Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Southeast Georgia and South Carolina

Tendinitis, which is tendon inflammation, is usually caused by overuse. It’s a painful and irritating condition that most commonly affects the Achilles tendon at the back of your heel. The experienced podiatry team at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, with 12 locations throughout Southern Georgia and South Carolina, can help you restore your tendon strength and flexibility. Request your appointment online or call the office nearest you today.

Tendinitis Q & A

What is tendinitis?

Tendinitis is severe irritation and inflammation in one of the thick, ropelike cords that connect your muscles and bones. In the feet and ankles, the most common kind of tendinitis is Achilles tendinitis. This type of tendinitis affects the Achilles tendon that runs down the back of your lower leg, joining your calf muscle to your heel. 

If tendinitis isn't treated, your tendon could degenerate, tear, or rupture, which causes severe pain and mobility issues. 

What are the symptoms of tendinitis?

Pain is the main symptom of tendinitis. The pain is usually localized to the area of the tendon, so with Achilles tendinitis, you'll typically have pain in the back of your heel, ankle, or calf. Swelling, stiffness, and persistent aching are all possible symptoms, as well. 

When you have tendinitis, foot and ankle instability is common because the pain is often too severe to use your body normally. 

How is tendinitis diagnosed?

In addition to a foot and ankle exam, Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, also uses high-tech imaging, including diagnostic tools like weight-bearing X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound to determine whether tendinitis is causing your symptoms. These imaging tests can also be very valuable in ruling out other kinds of injuries, like stress fractures. 

How is tendinitis treated?

The team at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, centers their treatment plans around two main things: relieving your current tendinitis pain and restoring your tendon to prevent worsening or reinjury. You may use one or more of these treatments.

Custom-made orthotics

Custom orthotics go in your shoe to rebalance your foot. They’re helpful for tendinitis sufferers because they can relieve strain and pressure on your affected tendon.

Walking boot

A walking boot can immobilize your affected tendon to relieve pressure while still keeping you at least partially mobile.

Oral medication

You may need oral medication, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, to relieve pain.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy, which typically includes custom stretching exercises, can help strengthen your tendon to prepare you for normal foot and leg function once you’re fully healed.

If your tendon doesn't heal after conservative treatments, you might need surgery to repair the tendon. Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, has a team of skilled and experienced foot and ankle surgeons on staff, and they can expertly repair tendon damage to restore function. 

Call the Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, office nearest you or use the online booking tool to get help with your tendinitis.