Effective Treatments for Tendonitis

Tendonitis is a painful and common condition affecting the flexible bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. When tendons become inflamed or irritated, the result is painful and tender tendonitis that is sometimes red and warm to the touch.

Tendonitis can affect any of your tendons, but it’s most common in your shoulders, elbows, wrists, and heels. When it concerns your heels, it’s called Achilles tendonitis, a frequent complaint of runners. 

At Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers, located in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia, our team of experts regularly diagnose and treat tendonitis of the foot and ankle. 

What causes tendonitis?

The two most common causes of tendonitis are overuse and overload of a tendon, meaning putting too much weight on it. Athletes and those with jobs or hobbies with repetitive motions often get tendonitis.

While people of all ages can develop tendonitis, older people are more likely to have it. People who play sports such as baseball, basketball, running, swimming, and golf are also more prone to the injury.

People who put too much stress on their tendons can develop micro-tears or micro-injuries in the tendon fibers. In the case of Achilles tendonitis, your Achilles never gets a chance to heal because it’s in constant use even when you’re not playing sports. The result is long-term pain and discomfort. 

Effective tendonitis treatments

Most cases of tendonitis heal with noninvasive treatments and lifestyle modifications. The first step to treating tendonitis is to rest the injured tendon. Other early-stage treatment options include:

If non-invasive methods don’t provide relief, minimally invasive treatments such as cortisone shots can help reduce inflammation and pain. The next step, if minimally invasive techniques fail, is surgery. The foot surgeons at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers can repair the tendon or replace part or all of it, depending on your injury.

Don’t ignore pain of any kind. In most cases, pain does not go away on its own. With Achilles tendonitis pain, it’s important to see one of our experienced providers for an expert diagnosis and effective treatment plan so that you can walk, run, or play sports without pain.  

Are you experiencing pain in your heel or calf? Call Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers for a diagnosis and treatment plan to get you back to a pain-free lifestyle.

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