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What is Foot Tendonitis?
Foot tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon in the foot. When one of these tendons becomes inflamed, the tendon will swell and become irritated.
There are many types of tendonitis in the foot. The tendons that are most likely to get tendonitis are the:
- Local muscle in the bottom of your foot. These muscles originate towards your toes and attach onto your heel. They are generally a major cause of heel pain and they commonly get misdiagnosed as plantar fasciitis.
- Achilles tendon, which attaches the calf muscle (on the back side of your lower leg) to the back of the heel. Learn more about Achilles tendonitis.
- Posterior tibial tendon, that attaches the inside of the calf muscle to the bones on the inside of the foot.
- Peroneal tendon, that attaches the outside of the calf to the outside of the foot.
The point that we want to make here is that there are many causes of pain in your foot. Your primary concern should be to identify that you have problem so we can properly diagnose it.
What Causes Foot Tendonitis?
The most common cause for is overuse. Athletes are at risk as they perform the same motions over and over leading to overuse. Foot tendonitis can occur due to tendon injury or other foot and ankle problems that have caused damage to the area, such as:
- Muscle tears
- Flat feet
Common Foot Tendonitis Symptoms
Symptoms of foot tendonitis are commonly pain, weakness, swelling, tenderness, and stiffness. The pain may decrease over time, but returns the longer you spend on the foot or ankle. Foot tendon pain will often get worse when trying to walk, or when doing other activities. It may also feel as though it moves down the foot or up the leg.
Treatment & Tips From Dr. Phipps*
- Injections are a bad idea for foot pain. They don’t fix the core issue and commonly will make it worse.
- Don’t spend money on expensive inserts until you have a complete and accurate diagnosis. Most of the time we can avoid prescribing inserts.
- Don’t wait for the pain to go away on its own. This will force your body to compensate around it and you may start experiencing low back, hip, or knee pain.
Brief Example of Foot Tendonitis Treatment
Get the right diagnosis by scheduling an in-office 1-on-1 consultation about your pain.
About the Soft Tissue Treatment Provider
- Dr. Phipps graduated 1st in his class and has spent the last 13 years focusing on the treatment of soft tissue injuries and pain, such as foot tendonitis.
- He has encountered many labels given to foot tendonitis in his years of experience treating patients in Williamsville, NY. Self-diagnosing your condition or relying on ineffective treatments such as stretching, exercises and massage will only delay the appropriate treatment you need and could make your condition worse.
*Please note that every patient is different. These tips are for educational purposes only, and do not substitute for medical advice. Please consult with a medical or healthcare provider, such as Dr. Phipps, for specific diagnosis and treatment advice.