Treatment for Tendon Injuries
Injuries to the tendon can occur suddenly or develop over time. Most tendon injuries happen to individuals who participate in a sporting activity, particularly those sports that involve repetitive ankle motions. When one or both tendons become inflamed, the condition is called tendonitis.
The foot has two tendons called peroneal tendons. One of these runs along the outside of the foot and attaches to the fifth toe. The other peroneal tendon runs along the bottom of the foot and attaches to the inside of the arch.
The Achilles tendon holds the calf muscle to the heel. The posterior tibial tendon helps support your foot when you walk. It attaches the calf muscle to the bones on the inside of the foot. The tibial tendon and Achilles tendon work together to stabilize your feet. Injuries to these structures can result in weakness in the foot and ankle. You may feel pain or discomfort when walking, playing sports or standing.
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It is important to seek medical attention for a tendon injury. Any time you experience pain in your foot or ankle, it is best to find out exactly what is causing the pain if you cannot trace it back to a specific injury or cause. Diagnosing an injury in the early stages will increase the likelihood of a good outcome with proper treatment.
Options for Treating Tendon Injuries
Treatment options for tendon injuries in the foot and ankle include:
- Modifying your activities
- Applying ice on the affected area
- Physical therapy
- Custom bracing
- Custom orthotics
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Corticosteroid injection
Severe tears or damage to the tendons may not respond to noninvasive measures for treatment. In these situations, surgery may be necessary to achieve optimal results.
Ankle and foot pain should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Dr. Stuart Mogul is known for his excellent skill and exceptional expertise in the field of foot and ankle surgery. Contact our office when you experience pain or discomfort in your foot or ankle.