Tendinitis is an inflammation that can cause pain and therefore reduced activity levels. We are here to diagnose and treat your tendinitis to get you moving again and back to the activities you love.
Tendinitis can occur on any part of your body. When you experience tendinitis in your feet and ankles, you likely notice it with every step. Any tendon can become over used and inflamed and this is exactly what we are talking about when we talk about tendinitis. There are more than 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles in the feet. Any number of these structures can become painful and aggravated when overused.
Achilles tendinitis is very common in our patients with a tight calf muscle, resulting in pain in the back of the ankle/heel. Patients of ours with a lower arched foot structure (flatter foot) or flexibly flat foot, it is most common to develop Posterior Tibial Tendinitis. The posterior tibial tendon is in charge of holding up our arch structure and assists in pushing off while walking. Over time, it can become strained from the weight of our body collapsing through the arch. It can actually become distended (or lengthen) which just further plays into the condition and allows for further arch collapse.
Peroneal tendonitis can be thought of as almost the opposite of posterior tibial tendinitis. This tendinitis occurs on the outer aspect of the ankle and is commonly seen in patients with a high arched foot. However, if a foot is rigidly flat, the peroneal tendon can become spastic and painful as well.
Extensor tendons are those which are on the top of the foot and front of the ankle. These tendons can become painful if you are experiencing a primary condition that leads to walking differently, guarding while you walk - or essentially compensation. We also see tendinitis in this area when our patients are also suffering from arthritis across the top of the arch of the foot. In this case, the body is using the extensor tendons to stabilize and reduce motion across these painful joints and can lead to overuse and pain of the extensor tendons.
No matter where your tendinitis is, our doctors have effective treatment protocols to get you back to feeling your best. From bracing to use of walking boots to home exercises and physical therapy and the use of custom orthotics to reduce recurrence - we have you covered!
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