The tendons are special tissues that connect the bones to the muscles. When tendons are put under repetitive stress or suffer a direct injury, they may become inflamed or begin to break down. This can lead to pain and limited mobility in the affected area. Tendonitis can affect nearly any tendon in the body, including the knees, elbow, hips and shoulder.
What are the symptoms of tendonitis?
You may have tendonitis if you experience sudden and severe pain near a tendon caused by an injury. Tendonitis may often cause gradual pain that worsens over time – perhaps due to repetitive motions. The Achilles tendon attaches your calf muscles to your heel bone, or calcaneus. You use this tendon to jump, walk, run, and stand on the balls of your feet. Continuous, intense physical activity, like running and jumping, can cause painful inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This is known as Achilles tendonitis (or tendinitis).
What should I do if I suspect I have tendonitis ?
If you think you may have developed tendonitis, administer immediate treatment using the acronym, ‘RICE’, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Then, contact podiatrist Dr. Sean Lazarus’s to schedule an appointment.
What types of treatments are available to treat tendonitis by Dr. Lazarus?
Medical treatment varies. Dr Lazarus utilizes various treatments: Custom orthotics, steroid injections, which help reduce inflammation and temporarily relieve pain, Physical therapies that will also be beneficial for restoring lost mobility and range of motion. Tendonitis may persist for many weeks before fully improving.
-Consult with Dr. Lazarus on the best course of treatment for you.