Your tendons are thick, durable bands of connective tissue that are responsible for linking muscles to bones. If you experience foot or ankle pain, though, it could be a sign of tendinitis, warns expert podiatrist Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, of My Chicago Foot Expert. Before your injury or chronic tendon condition worsens, book an evaluation at this state-of-the-art Chicago-based practice. You can schedule online or over the phone.
Tendinitis is a form of inflammation of your tendons. This pain-causing condition can develop if you experience a sudden injury, like while playing sports or missing a step going downstairs. Other times, tendinitis can develop simply because of years of wear and tear or overuse. If you have tendinitis, you’re probably going to experience:
These signs and symptoms can occur suddenly, gradually develop over time, or appear days after an injury occurs.
You can develop tendinitis anywhere in your body, although it’s most common in your lower extremities. One of the most common types is Achilles tendinitis, which affects the largest tendon in your body. Your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel bone, so if you have tight calf muscles from overuse or improper stretching, you can easily injure this tendon.
You can even develop tendon issues along the bottom of your foot with your posterior tibial tendon. This condition, known as progressive flatfoot, causes the supportive tendon in your arch to overstretch or tear, which ultimately leads to fallen arches or flat feet.
Dr. Alexopoulos also regularly treats men and women who have peroneal tendinosis, which leads to abnormal thickening of your peroneal tendon that runs alongside your outer ankle joint. No matter which type of tendinitis you have, you can feel confident that Dr. Alexopoulos is going to find an effective pain-relieving solution for you.
Most cases of tendinitis require you to allow the area to rest. In reality, though, it’s difficult and unrealistic to expect you to stay off your feet for days or weeks on end. Dr. Alexopoulos often suggests getting fitted for custom prescription orthotic inserts to ensure your feet and ankles have optimal support while they’re healing. Your treatment plan can also include:
If you have a severe tendon tear or rupture, though, you might need surgery. Dr. Alexopoulos performs most tendon surgery repairs using minimally invasive techniques in an outpatient setting. You can expect to have minimal downtime and be able to return to most activities shortly after surgery.
Before your case of tendinitis gets worse, book an evaluation at My Chicago Foot Expert. Schedule your appointment online or over the phone.