All About Tendinitis: Treatment and Prevention

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Ankle Conditions, Blog | Comments Off on All About Tendinitis: Treatment and Prevention

Tendonitis Treatment and Prevention - Advanced Podiatry

Everyone is susceptible to foot, heel and ankle pain from time to time. Exercising and playing sports, spending a lot of time on your feet and wearing shoes that lack sufficient support can all contribute to temporary discomfort and foot pain. In some cases, the strain of overuse or a sports injury can lead to a condition known as tendinitis, which causes inflammation and stiffness in the affected tendon. Your Achilles is the largest tendon in the body, which means that if you injure yourself, you’re likely to suffer from Achilles tendinitis.

What Causes Tendinitis?

According to the Arthritis Foundation, tendinitis can be caused by one or more of the following:

  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout)
  • Diabetes
  • Bone and joint deformities
  • Mechanical issues like bad posture, pronation and gait problems (flat feet/low arches)
  • Side effects of certain medications
  • Participating in certain sports: basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, running, swimming and bowling

Signs and Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis

The most common signs of tendon inflammation include:

  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Stiffness/pain/aching in the tendon, especially during movement and after long periods of rest, such as after waking or when standing up from a seated position

Tips for Preventing Tendinitis

A few precautions designed to minimize repetitive strain and traumatic impact on the joints and connective tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage) can help you decrease the risk of developing Achilles tendinitis. Advanced Podiatry offers these tendinitis prevention tips:

  • Proper footwear – Shopping for sneakers based on style alone seems fun but can lead to serious injury. Everyone has different needs for foot and ankle support during exercise and sports: Some people require a less supportive shoe, while those with lower arches or “flat feet” need more support to keep the feet and legs in proper alignment. People with excessively high arches can also be susceptible to injury. Your local podiatrist can perform a gait analysis to help you determine the best type of shoe for your chosen sport and activity level.
  • Stretch – Stretching before and after physical activity warms up and cools down the body, and it helps to ease strain on muscles and tendons.
  • Rest – Stay active, but don’t overdo it!
  • Cross train – Alternating activities reduces the risk of overuse injuries.

Treatment for Tendinitis

Most cases of tendinitis can be treated conservatively with rest, icing and over-the-counter medications like Advil or Motrin, though if pain persists, schedule an appointment with Advanced Podiatry to discuss your symptoms and to setup a treatment plan.

Find a Podiatrist Close to Home

Don’t let heel pain slow you down. For more information on the symptoms and treatment options for Achilles tendinitis and other foot and ankle injuries, contact Advanced Podiatry to schedule a consultation today.