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What is Foot Tendinitis?

Foot tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendons in the foot, often causing pain and discomfort. This condition can result from overuse, injury, or age-related wear and tear. Our article, complete with vivid images, breaks down the causes, symptoms, and treatment options. How might understanding tendinitis better help you care for your feet? Continue reading to find out.
Rolando Braza
Rolando Braza

Foot tendinitis is an inflammation in the tendons of the foot. It is accompanied by pain in the posterior tibial tendon and is common in athletes and those who undergo large amounts of physical exertion. In general, the recurring pain is caused by an injury or overuse of the foot. Certain activities can lead to foot tendinitis, including standing continuously for a long period of time, performing physical activities on rough grounds, and negotiating steep hills.

Most of the time, foot tendinitis starts with paratendonitis — a swelling pain of the tendon’s outer cover. The tendon deteriorates, causing it to thicken. It then begins to weaken and can eventually result in a total tendon rupture.

An ice pack, which can help with pain from foot tendonitis.
An ice pack, which can help with pain from foot tendonitis.

A person with foot tendinitis will have a hot feeling on the affected foot. Pain will also be felt at the instep of the foot, particularly along the path of the tendon. Likewise, a stabbing pain will be felt on the arch of the affected foot when standing on the toes.

A person can treat foot tendinitis on his own. He should start by discontinuing the activity causing or exacerbating the tendinitis at once. He should then employ the R.I.C.E. treatment method. R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

Someone with foot tendonitis should walk as little as possible and utilize crutches if they need to get around.
Someone with foot tendonitis should walk as little as possible and utilize crutches if they need to get around.

Someone with foot tendinitis needs to rest the foot, walking as little as possible and possibly using crutches to keep weight off the affected foot. An ice pack should be applied in the affected area for the next three days at two- to three-hour intervals for at least 20 minutes. During compression, a person must wrap his or her ankle starting from the bottom of the toes to the knee using an elastic bandage. When lying or sitting down, she should raise her affected foot above heart level.

A case of tendonitis causes a hot feeling in the affected foot.
A case of tendonitis causes a hot feeling in the affected foot.

A person can take anti-inflammatory drugs as part of the tendon treatment when necessary. The medication should be religiously maintained until the symptoms of foot tendinitis are gone. If the medications do not work and the symptoms become severe, a doctor must be seen for full diagnosis. A person may also be given cortisone injections or may even undergo surgery.

Preventing foot tendinitis is a lot easier than curing it. Staying in good physical condition will help a person stay away from a bad tendon condition. Regular exercise also helps to keep the tendons in tip-top form.

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anon943432

Do I need crutches for toe tendinitis?

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    • An ice pack, which can help with pain from foot tendonitis.
      By: Marc Dietrich
      An ice pack, which can help with pain from foot tendonitis.
    • Someone with foot tendonitis should walk as little as possible and utilize crutches if they need to get around.
      By: AVAVA
      Someone with foot tendonitis should walk as little as possible and utilize crutches if they need to get around.
    • A case of tendonitis causes a hot feeling in the affected foot.
      By: MAST
      A case of tendonitis causes a hot feeling in the affected foot.
    • Chronic tendonitis in the ankles can be caused by overuse from running or other repetitive exercises.
      By: Dirima
      Chronic tendonitis in the ankles can be caused by overuse from running or other repetitive exercises.
    • If medications don't relieve foot tendonitis, a doctor should be consulted to make a diagnosis.
      By: Andrey Kiselev
      If medications don't relieve foot tendonitis, a doctor should be consulted to make a diagnosis.
    • A physical therapist may teach patients how to manage tendonitis through vary exercise techniques.
      By: goodluz
      A physical therapist may teach patients how to manage tendonitis through vary exercise techniques.