Foot Tendonitis

What is foot tendonitis?

Foot tendonitis is a condition that occurs when the tendons in the foot become inflamed, stretched, or torn. The foot is made up of many different tendons that connect the muscles to the bones. Tendonitis can affect any of the tendons in the foot, including the Achilles tendon, the posterior tibial tendon, the peroneal tendon, and the plantar fascia.

These tendons help to support and move the foot. When these tendons become inflamed or irritated, it can cause pain, swelling, and discomfort.

How do I know I have foot tendonitis?

The most common symptom of foot tendonitis is pain and swelling in the area of the affected tendon. The pain associated with foot tendonitis can be severe, and can be felt in the toes, arch, heel, and ankle. It is usually worse when walking, running, or engaging in other physical activities that require the use of the affected tendon. You may also experience stiffness in the foot and decreased range of motion, as well as pain when you move the affected area.

If the tendon is tender to the touch, it is also likely that the tendon is inflamed. If there is an apparent “fall” in your arch accompanied by severe pain, this could be indicative of a complete rupture of a tendon. This tenderness is usually more pronounced in the morning after a night of rest, and can cause pain when you move the tendon.


What causes foot tendonitis?

There are many possible causes of foot tendonitis, but the most common is overuse. This can occur when the foot is used for activities such as running, walking, or jumping for extended periods of time. This kind of repetitive motion can cause the tendons in the foot to become strained and inflamed. In addition to overuse, a variety of other factors can contribute to foot tendonitis.

These include anatomical abnormalities, such as flat feet or high arches, that cause the foot to be strained during activities. Other factors that can contribute to the condition include wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, sudden increases in activity, or injuries to the foot.

How is foot tendonitis treated?

The first step in treating foot tendonitis is to rest the affected area. This will give the tendons time to heal and reduce the inflammation. It is important to avoid activities that put stress on the affected area, such as running or jumping. Stretching exercises are also an important part of treatment for foot tendonitis. Stretching helps to improve flexibility and reduce tension in the muscles and tendons. Over-the-counter medications can also help reduce pain and inflammation.

If rest and conservative treatment does not provide relief, your doctor may prescribe a stronger medication, such as a corticosteroid injection, to reduce inflammation, or recommend a custom orthotic to support the feet. Physical therapy may also be recommended so you can learn exercises to strengthen the muscles and tendons. In severe cases of foot tendonitis, surgery may be recommended. Surgery will repair the torn or damaged tendon, with the goal of restoring normal function.

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