Advanced Family Foot Care Centers
Murad Abdel-Qader, DPM
Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Diabetic Wound Care Specialist located in San Antonio, TX
Tendonitis is among the most common causes of foot pain and can put you on the sidelines of your own life. Relief is available through the care of Murad Abdel-Qader, DPM, at Advanced Family Foot Care Centers in San Antonio, Texas. If you find yourself unable to enjoy your daily routine because of foot pain, call the office to book a diagnostic exam. Online scheduling is also available and is fast and easy to complete.
What is tendonitis?
Tendonitis is inflammation of one or more tendons. Your tendons are tough connective tissue that binds muscles to bones.
Found throughout your body, tendons are a critical part of joints. When a tendon becomes damaged, swelling can occur and you can develop tendonitis.
Achilles tendonitis is common, affecting the area where a tendon attaches to your heel bone. This tendon has a weak area where injuries can easily occur.
Tendons are incredibly durable and strong, but they don’t receive a great deal of nourishment from your circulatory system. That means they’re also slow to heal, and tears or microscopic tissue damage in a tendon can linger for a long time.
What causes tendonitis?
Some people are simply born with a foot structure that places undue pressure on tendons and other components of the feet. Having flat feet or abnormally high arches are examples.
Tendonitis also can be caused by the following conditions:
- Medical issues like arthritis, gout, or spondyloarthropathy
- Traumatic injury
- Sports injuries
One of the most common causes of overuse injury is a sudden increase in physical activity. Be sure to take it easy as you increase your activity levels or begin a new sport.
What are some treatments for tendonitis?
For minor cases of tendonitis, a period of self-care can give your body a chance to heal. Rest the affected area as much as possible, and use ice to address swelling. Compress the area with an ACE wrap or ankle support, and elevate the foot while sitting.
If discomfort persists, come in for a diagnostic exam. Dr. Abdel-Qader can determine the source of your pain and create a customized treatment plan.
Treatment options include wearing a special boot to stabilize and support the affected joints. Over-the-counter or prescription medications can improve discomfort and swelling.
In some cases, surgery is required to reconnect a torn tendon to the appropriate bone. These procedures are done on an outpatient basis, so you can return home the same day.
Don’t live with lingering pain and restricted activity when help is available to get you back on your feet. Call the office to set up a visit to Dr. Abdel-Qader, or spend a few moments on the online booking page to find a time that fits your busy life.