Tendonitis Specialist

Christopher Yardan, DPM -  - Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon

The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery

Christopher Yardan, DPM

Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Wallingford, CT

When it comes to foot and ankle pain, tendonitis is a common culprit, especially in your Achilles tendon and your posterior tibial tendon. As a foot and ankle specialist, Christopher Yardan, DPM, at The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery in Wallingford, Connecticut, offers long-term solutions for resolving tendonitis in your feet and ankles. For expert treatment of your tendonitis, call the office or use the online scheduling tool.

Tendonitis

What is tendonitis?

Your tendons play a critical role in connecting your muscles to your bones, and they can be found through your body. When this connective tissue becomes stressed or develops tiny tears, it leads to the inflammation and pain that are the hallmarks of tendonitis.

Tendonitis in your feet and ankles may originate from the muscles in your leg that control the function of your foot, or they may originate from the muscles within your foot.

Far and away, the two tendons that cause the most difficulty when it comes to tendonitis are your:

Achilles tendon

This tendon is the largest in your body, and it connects your calf muscle to your heel. Any

time you walk, run, jump, or point your toes, your Achilles tendon is in action.

Posterior tibial tendon

This tendon attaches your calf muscle to the bones on the inside of your foot and plays a key role in supporting your arches, and your overall foot.

What causes tendonitis in the feet and ankles?

The most common driver of tendonitis in your feet and ankles is overuse, though an acute injury can lead to tendonitis, too. If you engage in highly concussive activities, such as basketball, tennis, or running, tendonitis is a clear and present danger as the added stresses begin to take their toll in the form of tiny tears in the tissue.

Aside from overuse and an acute injury, there are factors that place you more at risk of developing tendonitis in your feet and ankles, including: 

  • Structural issues, such as low or high arches
  • Age, people over the age of 40 are increasingly susceptible to tendonitis
  • Sex — men are more prone to Achilles tendon issues while women struggle more with posterior tibial problems
  • Overly tight calf muscles

However your tendonitis developed, the good news is that there’s much that Dr. Yardan can do to help you find relief.

What are the treatments for tendonitis?

After performing an extensive review of your problem, Dr. Yardan tailors a treatment plan to your specific needs, which may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Stem cell treatments
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Orthotics

Dr. Yardan may also recommend lifestyle and footwear changes for better long-term results in battling tendonitis. This is especially important since long-standing tendonitis can progress to tendinosis, which may require surgical intervention.

For sustainable relief from your foot or ankle tendonitis, call The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery or request an appointment using the online booking form.