Tendonitis Specialist

About Feet Podiatry Center

Podiatry located in Exton, PA

Tendonitis means that you overstretched, overused, or even tore one or more of the tendons in your foot or ankle, which leads to inflammation. If you’re experiencing pain in your heel, ankle, or lower leg, contact board-certified podiatrists Jason Hearn, DPM, FACFAS, and Edward Piskorski, DPM, FACFAS, at About Feet Podiatry Center. You can book a tendonitis evaluation online at this Exton, Pennsylvania, podiatry practice, or you can call to speak with a team member to schedule.

Tendonitis Q&A

What causes tendonitis?

You have multiple tendons that are responsible for connecting muscles to your bones (or muscles to muscles). Though these tendons are highly durable and can stretch and quickly bounce right back into place, they can also become injured, overused, and overstretched. 

Tendonitis means that you have chronic inflammation of one or more tendons. Although any of the tendons in your feet and ankles can become inflamed, usually your Achilles tendon, which connects your calf muscles to heel bones, is the most prone to injury. In any case, if you have tendonitis, it may be linked to:

  • Improper footwear
  • Hill running or stair climbing
  • Tendency toward overpronation
  • Poor flexibility in your calf muscles
  • Inadequate stretching before exercise 
  • Rapidly increasing your speed or duration while running

Tendonitis can even occur if you have to put forth sudden extra effort, such as with a sprint. 


How is tendonitis diagnosed?

About Feet Podiatry Center doesn’t simply treat your tendonitis — although that’s important — rather, the podiatry team also spends time diagnosing you and finding out why you have tendonitis, so you can work together to prevent the issue in the future. 

After examining you and performing some range of motion tests, your podiatrist may gather an on-site X-ray or ultrasound to confirm or rule out tendonitis. It’s also important to let your podiatrist know about all of the symptoms you experience, which may include:

  • Recurring localized pain in your ankle or lower leg
  • Morning tenderness above your heel bone
  • Sluggishness in your leg
  • Mild or severe swelling
  • Stiffness 

Once your podiatrist at About Feet Podiatry Center diagnoses you, they spend time talking with you about tendonitis treatment options. 


What is the treatment for tendonitis?

In most cases, conservative treatments are highly beneficial for treating tendonitis and preventing further flare-ups. Your tendonitis treatment plan may include:

  • Massage 
  • Custom orthotics 
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Bandaging to restrict motion 
  • Personalized stretching exercises
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

In extreme cases, your podiatrist at About Feet Podiatry Center could recommend surgery to remove fibrous tissue and repair any tears. The clinic has two on-site surgical rooms, which allows you to get all of your needs met under one roof. 

If you have a history of tendonitis or are starting to experience symptoms, contact About Feet Podiatry Center today. Click on the online scheduler, or call to book over the phone.