Tendonitis Specialist

Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC

Podiatrists located in Evans, GA

Repetitive motion and injury can lead to painful inflammation in your tendons. Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC has been serving the Evans, Georgia community in the suburb of Augusta since 2001. Podiatry is about more than bunions and other foot conditions; it also deals with tendon inflammation like tendonitis. So when you need care for tendon pain like Achilles tendonitis and posterior tibial tendonitis, call Augusta Foot & Ankle for more information, or schedule an appointment online.

Tendonitis

Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC

What is tendonitis?

Tendons are the tough bands of tissue that connect bones to muscles. Tendonitis, or tendinitis, occurs when this fibrous tissue becomes irritated or inflamed, leading to a thickening of the tendon and pain near the affected joint.

Tendonitis symptoms occur where the tendon attaches to your bone, or along the course of the tendon. They might include:

  • Grinding or creaking during movement
  • Swelling, redness, or heat
  • Pain that increases with motion

Symptoms of tendonitis can be short-lived for a few days or last weeks to months.

What causes tendonitis?

Overuse or repetitive motions usually cause tendonitis, but it can also be due to injury. You can have tendonitis anywhere in your body.

Certain foot types are more prone to different types of tendonitis of the feet or ankles. When you have tendonitis in your feet, ankles, or legs, it is usually Achilles tendonitis or posterior tibial tendonitis.

Achilles Tendonitis

Your Achilles tendon connects the muscles of your calf to your heel bone. It’s the longest tendon in your body. Achilles tendonitis can also lead to bone spurs.

Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

The posterior tibial tendon attaches your calf muscle to the inside of your foot. When it becomes inflamed or damaged, you can develop a flat foot, or a previous flat foot may become more severe. Posterior tibial tendonitis may cause pain and swelling in the arch of the foot or along the inside portion of the ankle.

The doctors at Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC are experts at treating both Achilles and posterior tibial tendonitis.

How is tendonitis diagnosed and treated?

During a physical examination of the site, your doctor will look for signs of tenderness in the tendon in your foot or ankle, and signs of weakness when it’s moved. They might also recommend digital X-rays, MRIs, or ultrasounds to look for calcium deposits around the tendon, swelling of the tendon and surrounding tendon sheath, or possible tears within the tendon.

Once your diagnosis is confirmed, your course of treatment includes multiple approaches, including:

  • Resting the affected area
  • Icing the tendon to reduce inflammation
  • Anti-inflammatory pain relievers
  • Exercises to strengthen muscles and reduce stress on tendons
  • Supportive shoes or custom orthotics
  • Bracing

In some cases, your Augusta Foot & Ankle doctor might recommend surgical treatments to treat Achilles tendonitis and posterior tibial tendonitis. The practice also offers amniotic membrane stem cell injections and MLS® laser for tendonitis that hasn’t responded to traditional and conservative treatments.

To learn more about tendonitis treatment for your foot and ankle pain, call the Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC office for more information, or schedule an appointment online today.