There is Treatment for Foot and Ankle Tendonitis

Foot and ankle tendonitis is a common cause of foot pain. It happens when there is inflammation or irritation of the tendons, which is often caused by overuse from repetitive movements, stretching, or an injury, like an ankle sprain. It can affect any of the foot tendons, with the most common being Achilles Tendonitis and Extensor Tendonitis.

What is Tendonitis?

Tendons are the strong, cord-like bands of connective tissue that attach muscles to bone.  If a tendon is worked too hard, to frequently or in the wrong way, damage and tiny tears develop. At this point there is typically pain, swelling and stiffness. It usually takes two to three months to recover, but it can take much longer without the proper treatment. We believe early diagnosis and treatment is essential.

Common Causes of Foot and Ankle Tendonitis

  1. Medical Conditions: Sometimes gout and rheumatoid arthritis can cause foot and ankle tendonitis.
  2. Overuse: It most commonly occurs when the tendon is repeatedly overloaded because of repetition or frequency of movement.
  3. Injury: Tendonitis can occur after any foot or ankle injury, or from repetitive friction on the tendon, like an ill-fitting boot or shoe.
  4. Abnormal Foot Structure: If you have flat feet or exceptionally high arches, that can put more stress on the tendons resulting in tendonitis.

Common Symptoms of Foot Tendonitis

  • You’ll typically have pain as one of the first symptoms. It may be sharp and/or burning, and is usually localized to the damaged tendon site. This pain can spread as the condition progresses. You’ll likely have more pain at the onset of the day, like when you get out of bed, and then it will settle down a bit, but expect flair ups throughout the day, the more you do.
  • As your tendonitis limits pain-free movement, your ankle and foot will likely become stiff.
  • After a few weeks of noticeable but minor pain, you will likely notice swelling, or a soft lump over the affected tendon. This will probably be tender to the touch and make wearing your normal shoes an uncomfortable feat.

Treatment Options

It used to be that there were only two methods of dealing with tendonitis. The first was to simply manage the symptoms, so people were told to reduce the pain, swelling and any dysfunction that occurred because of the pain and swelling. The second was to have surgery that addressed the aggravating factors, such as muscle weakness or abnormal foot shapes.

However, now at OrthoIdaho, we have another remedy, and one that Dr. Bray, our podiatric doctor who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle. He provides a Tenex treatment, a groundbreaking treatment for the relief of tendon and soft tissue related pain. This treatment enables him to treat patients earlier in the pain process and with quicker recovery than with other alternative treatment plans. “Developed in collaboration with the MAYO Clinic, Tenex Health TX® is a breakthrough technology for the treatment of chronic tendon pain, combining ultrasound imaging with our advanced TX MicroTip technology to eliminate pain generating damaged tissue through a minimally invasive procedure.” Tenex Health TX

Some details about Tenex Health TX:

  • 85% PATIENTS ARE PAIN FREE WITHIN WEEKS OF TREATMENT
  • DOESN’T REQUIRE STITCHES
  • RELIEVES PAIN AT THE SOURCE
  • 1/4 THE RECOVERY TIME COMPARED TO SURGERY
  • COVERED BY MOST INSURANCE*
  • DEVELOPED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MAYO CLINIC

If you find yourself with one of these tendonitis symptoms, we suggest you start with the RICE therapy. If you don’t find relief or continue having pain, we recommend you see an orthopaedic specialist to determine your best recovery options.

OrthoIdaho is conveniently located at 2240 E Center St, Pocatello, ID 83201. Call for an appointment today: 208-233-2100.

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