If your job or favorite activities involve repetitive motions, you’re at increased risk for developing tendinitis. At Quantum Foot and Ankle Group, PC in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, J. Adrian Wright, DPM, MS, offers customized tendinitis treatment to relieve your pain. Dr. Wright focuses on your individual needs to reduce persistent inflammation and works with you to prevent tendon ruptures and other related tendinitis complications. For tendinitis treatment, call the boutique podiatry practice or book an appointment online today.
Your tendons are bands of connective tissue that join muscles to bones. Tendons are strong but flexible, and make it easy for you to move your bones. When these soft tissues become inflamed, it results in a condition known as tendinitis.
In general, repetitive stress or recurrent injuries to your ankle or other joints cause tendinitis. This condition is very common among amateur and professional athletes.
In fact, there are a variety of tendinitis types named after the specific sport that causes inflammation, such as tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, and swimmer’s shoulder.
The symptoms of tendonitis include a dull ache or pain when you move your ankle. The area may also feel tender to the touch and you may experience swelling after physical activity.
Tendinitis symptoms can increase as you get older and your tendons become less flexible. You may also experience a worsening of tendinitis pain because of sports or if you work in a job that requires repetitive movements.
If left untreated, tendinitis can lead to a painful rupture that interferes with your mobility and requires surgery.
To confirm your pain and swelling relates to tendinitis, Dr. Wright spends time reviewing your medical history and your lifestyle. He physically examines your ankle joint, testing its flexibility and identifying signs of swelling and tenderness.
You may need diagnostic imaging tests, like X-rays or a CT scan, to rule out fractures, muscle tears, and other ankle issues that can cause pain.
To relieve the inflammation and pain of tendinitis, Dr. Wright may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications. He may also suggest that you participate in physical therapy to strengthen your muscles and reduce your risk for strains and tears that can add to your pain.
You may benefit from ice therapy to treat and prevent ankle swelling, and it’s important that you spend time resting your leg throughout the day to prevent a rupture. While at rest, elevating your leg also minimizes swelling.
To learn more about available tendonitis treatments, call Quantum Foot and Ankle Group, PC or book an appointment online today.