Tendon Pain

What is Tendon Pain?

Tendon pain can result from conditions such as tendonitis, tendon rupture, or over-tight tendons. It typically worsens during or after activity. Diagnosis often involves high-quality imaging, and treatment aims to address the underlying issue and facilitate effective recovery.

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What Causes Tendon Pain?

Tendon pain can be caused by various factors:

  1. Overuse or Repetitive Movement: Activities that involve repetitive movements, such as running, can overload the tendons, leading to irritation and inflammation, resulting in tendon pain.
  2. Underlying Medical Conditions: Conditions like gout and rheumatoid arthritis can contribute to tendonitis in the foot and ankle.
  3. Injury: Trauma or injury to the tendon, such as sudden twists or strains, can cause tendon pain.
  4. Abnormal Foot Structure: Structural abnormalities in the foot, such as flat feet or high arches, can place excessive stress on the tendons, leading to pain and discomfort.

Overall, identifying the underlying cause of tendon pain is crucial for effective treatment and management.

What are the Treatment Options for Tendon Pain?

Treatment options for tendon pain include:

Non-Surgical Treatment:

  • Rest: Allowing the affected tendon to rest and heal.
  • Bracing: Using a brace to support the affected area during activities.
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT): Using shockwaves to reduce pain and promote healing.
  • Cortisone Injections: Administering anti-inflammatory injections to alleviate discomfort and swelling.
  • PRP Injections: Injecting plasma-rich protein from the patient’s own blood to stimulate healing.

Surgical Treatment:

  • In rare cases, surgery may be required to repair the damaged tendon/tendons.