Foot Conditions

Tendinitis Treatment in Erie, PA

TendinitisA term we often hear about, especially in circles of athletes and runners is tendinitis. Tendinitis literally means overuse and inflammation of the tendon. The tendon is the area of your body that's connected to the muscle which causes your body to move. They come in all shapes and sizes.

Tendinitis is what happens when the tendon gets irritated from being moved outside of its regular motion. It becomes inflamed and the movement becomes painful.

There are several reasons for tendinitis:

Overuse of the area: This is especially true for those who have recently begun an exercise routine or:

  • An increased in the level of exercise: The tendon is unfamiliar to the new level of exertion.
  • An age factor: Tendons lose their elasticity as we age and the ability to move as smoothly as we once did is lost.
  • Anatomical alignment: If the tendon does not have a smooth channel to glide along, it's more likely to become irritated and inflamed. In this case, surgery may be necessary.

In the area of the foot, the most common type of tendinitis is Achilles tendinitis. This is a condition of irritation and inflammation of the large tendon in the back of the ankle. Achilles tendinitis can be a very serious disorder which should be examined and managed in order to prevent a much more serious problem known as rupture or breakage of the tendon.

If you experience tendinitis, it's important to visit your podiatrist right away to see what treatment options are available for you.

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