What is Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is an injury to the soft tissues (tendons) that connect muscles to bones. Dr. Heidi M. Christie and Dr. Chanda L. Day-Houts, the expert podiatrists at Montgomery Foot Care Specialists, consider tendonitis to be an overuse injury. Pain and swelling come as a result of too much activity and too much stress on one area of the foot. For example, let’s say you join a basketball team and immediately start practicing three hours a day. That sudden amount of excessive training may cause you to strain a tendon in your foot.

Pain and tenderness may come and go at first. You may feel pain only when you’re active. But as you continue the same activity over weeks or months, damage to the tendon gets worse so that you’ve got pain even when you’re inactive.

Where does tendonitis strike?

There are four main tendons in the foot where tendonitis typically strikes:

  • Inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon causes pain on the inside of your foot (along the arch) when you push off the ground or move your heel from side to side.
  • Pain at the back of your foot indicates damage to the Achilles tendon, the largest, strongest tendon in the human body. Achilles tendonitis causes pain when your heel contacts or lifts off the ground, so simple walking can be very painful.
  • If you strain your anterior tibial tendon, you’ll feel pain on the top of your foot near the ankle. Going downstairs and walking on hills are two activities that are likely to bring on symptoms.
  • When you injure your peroneal tendon, the pain will emanate from the outside of your foot. Peroneal tendonitis may cause pain when you stand or push off the ground.

Diagnosing and treating tendonitis

When you come to our Montgomery County podiatry office with a foot that’s warm, swollen, and red, we may take x-rays to rule out a bone fracture. Treatment for tendonitis includes lots of rest, immobilizing the area with a walking boot, cortisone injections, oral anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and surgery.

Control the pain of tendonitis and get on the road to full healing by calling us in Montgomery, Alabama at (334) 396-3668. You may also make an appointment online. For your convenience, we open at 7:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday.