Foot & Ankle Concepts, Inc. -  - Podiatry

Foot & Ankle Concepts, Inc.

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Palmdale, & Westlake Village, CA

If you’ve taken on running or upped the intensity of your workouts, and you’re now experiencing pain in your ankle, you may have tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendon. The specialists at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc., with offices in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Palmdale, and Westlake Village, California, can assess your pain and determine if the source is your tendon and provide treatment to help you get back to your routine. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

Tendonitis Q & A

What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis is a condition that indicates your tendon is either irritated or inflamed. Any tendon in your body can be affected, but your heels are especially vulnerable.

Your tendons are strong, fibrous tissues that attach your muscle to your bone. While tendonitis can develop from a sudden injury, it usually occurs from overuse due to repetitive motion, such as the constant flexing of the foot when training for a marathon.

There are two types of tendonitis that affect the foot and ankle: Achilles and peroneal tendonitis.

What is Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of the Achilles tendon, which is the tendon that attaches your calf muscle from the back of your leg to your foot. Achilles tendonitis is very common in runners, but may also develop in people who play tennis or basketball without regular training.

Common symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include:

  • Pain in the back of the leg above the heel
  • Difficulty walking up stairs
  • Severe ankle pain after a long run
  • Stiffness in the ankle when you wake up in the morning

You should seek help from the experts at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. for Achilles tendonitis, especially if the pain doesn’t go away with rest and home care.

What is peroneal tendonitis?

Peroneal tendonitis is the inflammation or irritation of the peroneal tendon, which runs down the side of your ankle behind your fibula. Peroneal tendonitis generally occurs in people who have decided to try a new sport or have increased their training. Very rarely does peroneal tendonitis develop from a specific injury.

Peroneal tendonitis tends to cause persistent pain at the back of your ankle.

What is the treatment for tendonitis?

Tendonitis can be treated at home, but if your pain is persistent, the team at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. can develop a treatment plan to help relieve your discomfort and promote healing. Treatment may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom-made orthotics

If you’re unable to find relief after several months of conservative treatment, surgery to repair the tendon may be necessary.

For medical management of your tendonitis, call Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc., or book an appointment online.