Tendonitis is a common condition that affects many people, particularly those who engage in physical activities that put a lot of strain on the tendons. If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or stiffness in your tendons, it may be time to seek treatment from a podiatrist. In this article, we will explore some frequently asked questions about tendonitis and provide you with information on how it can be treated.
Q: What is tendonitis?
A: Tendonitis is a condition that occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed, often as a result of repetitive motion or overuse. It can occur in any tendon in the body, but it is most common in the tendons that connect the muscles to the bones in the feet and ankles.
Q: What are the symptoms of tendonitis?
A: The most common symptoms of tendonitis include pain, swelling, and stiffness in the affected tendon. The pain may be mild at first and gradually worsen over time. You may also experience difficulty moving the affected joint or muscle.
Q: What causes tendonitis?
A: Tendonitis is often caused by repetitive motion or overuse of a particular muscle or joint. It can also be caused by a sudden injury or trauma to the affected area. Certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can also increase your risk of developing tendonitis.
Q: How is tendonitis treated?
A: Treatment for tendonitis typically involves resting the affected area, applying ice to reduce swelling, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Your podiatrist may also recommend physical therapy or the use of a brace or cast to immobilize the affected area. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or remove damaged tissue.
Q: Can tendonitis be prevented?
A: While it may not always be possible to prevent tendonitis, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. These include warming up before physical activity, using proper form and technique, taking breaks and stretching regularly during activity, and gradually increasing the intensity and duration of your workouts.
At Marion County Podiatry, we understand how debilitating tendonitis can be, and we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care possible. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your tendons, don’t wait to seek treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced podiatrists.