Tendonitis Specialist

If you experience foot or ankle pain, you may have tendonitis, a condition that continues to worsen without appropriate medical intervention. Dr. Richard P. Jacoby at Extremity Health Centers in Scottsdale, Arizona, can intervene early to alleviate the pain and inflammation of tendonitis. Through a comprehensive treatment plan customized to the unique circumstances of your case, Dr. Jacoby prevents serious complications, time away from work, and the need for invasive treatment.

Tendonitis Q & A

What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis refers to the inflammation of a tendon, a tough, flexible band of tissue responsible for attaching muscle to bone. Tendonitis is one of the most common causes of pain in the ankle and foot, and is often the result of repetitive use, overuse, or improper or inadequate stretching or form when playing sports.

What are the symptoms of tendonitis?

The most common symptom of tendonitis is pain. When the condition results from an injury, the pain can come on suddenly. When the condition develops as a result of overuse or repetitive motions, the onset is slow and drawn out. The pain associated with minor tendonitis is generally aching and dull but can become burning, sharp, or radiating as the condition worsens. Other symptoms include weakness, stiffness, swelling, and tenderness.

What kinds of tendonitis can affect the foot and ankle?

The types of tendonitis are labeled by the tendon they affect. The most common types include:

  • Achilles tendonitis: Inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which runs from the heel to the back of your calf muscles.
  • Posterior tibial tendonitis: Inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon, which attaches the bones of the inside of the foot to the calf muscle.
  • Peroneal tendonitis: Inflammation of the peroneal tendons, which causes pain on the outside of the ankle.
  • Flexor tendonitis: Inflammation of the flexor tendon, which can cause arch pain.

How is tendonitis diagnosed and treated?

When left untreated, tendon injuries worsen over time and become more difficult to treat. For this reason, seek evaluation from a qualified doctor as soon as you notice symptoms of tendonitis. Diagnosis of this condition requires a thorough examination, during which your doctor is both looking and feeling for swelling, weakness, and instability in the foot and ankle.

The most successful treatment options include stem cell injection and laser treatment, often in combination with rest, ice, physical therapy, temporary restrictions, and/or custom orthotics. These measures work together to decrease inflammation and associated pain. The treatment plan is most successful when it’s customized for you, taking into consideration the severity of your tendonitis and your lifestyle and/or work.


Extremity Health Center accepts the following insurances. Please contact the office for further information.

Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
Medicare B
United Healthcare

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