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