One of the more common conditions of the feet is tendonitis. Most people have heard the term, but don’t really know what it is. So, what is tendonitis?
A tendon is what connects a muscle to bone. For instance, the Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. And speaking of the Achilles, it’s one of the more common foot tendons to become inflamed. Tendinitis refers to when a tendon becomes inflamed.
This can happen for many reasons, such as overuse, an injury, faulty shoes or a specific faulty alignment or malfunctioning of the foot. By faulty alignment, we’re mostly referring to being flat-footed.
Having flat feet can lead to tendinitis of one or more tendons of the foot or ankle. Sometimes swelling is evident, but not always. Pain, on the other hand, is always present. The only way to know if you have tendinitis is by having it diagnosed by a specialist.
Besides the Achilles tendon, the other tendons of the feet that commonly get inflamed are the posterior tibial (on the inside of the ankle) and peroneal (on the outside of the ankle). The top of the foot is another place where tendinitis can occur.
One of the risks of long-term inflammation and pain is a tear. We’ve seen multiple cases of tears of several tendons in the feet. A tear could mean several weeks in a boot or even surgery. Getting rid of the inflammation as early as possible greatly decreases the risk of a tear.
The best home remedies for tendinitis are applying ice for 30 minutes per hour, refraining from jogging or jumping until the pain stops, wearing athletic shoes for stability, and taking an anti-inflammatory if you can.
Since many cases of tendinitis are from a fault in how the feet function (pronation), custom orthotics is one of the most successful remedies. Orthotics help to keep the feet aligned as they were meant to be, which allows them to function the way they were meant to function.
We have many other means of eliminating the pain and inflammation of tendinitis. Tendinitis can be chronic and frustrating if not treated properly. The longer it lasts, the harder it can be to stop.
When your feet hurt, you hurt all over. Don’t let a condition like tendinitis do that to you.
Let us know how we can help put an end to acute or chronic foot pain and move forward to a life of healthy tendons. FBN
By Anthony Rosales
For more information on tendonitis of the foot and ankle, contact Dr. Anthony Rosales DPM in Flagstaff, Arizona at 928-774-4825 or flagstafffootandankle.com
or visit FootHealthFacts.org, the patient education website of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.