Tendon disorders can cause significant pain and discomfort for patients, as well as limit their ability to perform daily activities. There are several different types of tendon disorders that can occur in the foot and ankle, each with their own causes and treatments.
One common tendon disorder is Achilles tendonitis, which is inflammation of the Achilles tendon that runs down the back of the calf and connects to the heel bone. This condition can be caused by overuse, injury, or degeneration of the tendon over time. Treatment for Achilles tendonitis may include rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and in severe cases, surgery.
Another tendon disorder that can occur in the foot and ankle is posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, which is a weakening or tearing of the tendon that supports the arch of the foot. This condition can cause pain and swelling in the foot, as well as a noticeable flattening of the arch. Treatment for posterior tibial tendon dysfunction may include bracing or orthotics, physical therapy, and in severe cases, surgery.
Peroneal tendonitis is another common tendon disorder that affects the foot and ankle. This condition occurs when the peroneal tendons, which run along the outside of the ankle and foot, become inflamed or damaged. Peroneal tendonitis can be caused by overuse or injury, and may require rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and in severe cases, surgery.
Treatment for tendon disorders generally involves a combination of conservative measures and, in some cases, surgical intervention. Conservative treatment may include rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and orthotics or bracing to support the affected area. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or replace the damaged tendon.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your foot or ankle, it is important to seek medical attention from a qualified podiatrist like Dr. Khavari at Carrollton Foot Center. They can help diagnose the underlying cause of your symptoms and recommend an appropriate treatment plan to help you find relief and get back to your daily activities.