Your foot is a complex network of bones, tendons, muscles, and ligaments, all of which must work together harmoniously to support your mobility. When the tendons in your foot are subject to overuse or injury, they can become inflamed, causing pain and impacting your strength and range of motion.
Rely on the trusted podiatrists at Starrett Podiatry for diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment, including on-site X-rays, in six New York offices located in East Harlem and West Harlem in New York City; Brooklyn, New York; and Mott Haven and Belmont in Bronx, New York.
What is tendinitis?
The term “tendinitis” is the swelling and inflammation of a tendon. Tendons connect bones and joints to muscles. Tendinitis can impact any of the tendons in your foot, resulting in different forms of tendinitis, including:
- Achilles tendinitis, which causes pain behind the heel and in the back of the calf
- Posterior tibial tendinitis, which causes pain at the inner foot
- Peroneal tendinitis, which causes pain on the outside and back of your ankle
- Extensor tendinitis, which causes pain extended across the top of your foot
- Anterior tibial tendinitis, which causes pain toward the front of your foot
How do I know if I have tendinitis in my foot?
If you have tendinitis, you’ll likely experience sharp, burning pain that’s somewhat localized to one part of the foot and worse when you move; also swelling and stiffness.
What causes tendinitis?
The most common cause of tendinitis in your foot is overuse, which happens when you put a repetitive strain on the tendon during work or sports. Trauma or injury to your foot or ankle, an abnormal foot structure, and certain medical conditions like arthritis and gout can cause tendinitis.
How is tendinitis diagnosed?
Podiatrists -- specialists in diagnosing and treating foot conditions -- diagnose tendinitis. Diagnosis is generally based on personal and medical history, physical examination, and additional diagnostic testing when required (such as lab tests or X-rays).
Starrett Podiatry offers on-site X-ray services at each of their clinics for your convenience.
How is tendinitis treated?
In many patients, conservative treatment can provide positive results, including effective alleviation of pain and regained functionality. Conservative treatment may include rest, ice, elevation, compression, and protection from further injury.
In some cases, surgical treatment is necessary. Starrett Podiatry offers same-day surgery onsite to ensure you get the care you need in a familiar environment when surgery is required.
When should I see a doctor?
If you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain that persists beyond a few days despite rest and ice, you should schedule an appointment with a podiatrist, who can identify the problem and begin treatment before your condition worsens.