The medical professionals at New Albany Family Footcare provide surgical and nonsurgical foot care to residents of New Albany, OH and beyond. Tendonitis is a common sport- or stress-related injury that we can treat to get patients moving and exercising normally.
What Is Tendonitis?
Inflammation or irritation of a tendon, painful tendonitis can occur anywhere in the body. Pain is felt where the injured tendon sits and in the surrounding regions. The onset of pain can be gradual or sudden, and in severe cases, a patient can lose their range of motion.
Different types of tendonitis exist relative to which part of the body is affected. In the shoulder, the rotator cuff is usually involved. Injury can result from overuse, perhaps through jobs or activities that involve elevating the arm repeatedly. Certain sports can lead to tendonitis of the elbow, which you may have heard of as "tennis elbow" or "golfer's elbow." Tendonitis can also develop in the knee or wrist.
At New Albany Family Footcare, we regularly treat a type of tendonitis found in the foot that can cause pain when walking or running—Achilles tendonitis. This condition affects the Achilles tendon, which is connected to the heel bone found at the back of the foot. Many runners, joggers, and basketball players suffer from an inflamed Achilles tendon, but anyone can develop this condition. In some cases, it's linked to an inflammatory illness, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
We take a comprehensive approach when it comes to treating foot-related tendonitis. Treatment goals include relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and restoring range of motion. Dr. Barnhart carefully diagnoses patients to develop a customized treatment plan. This usually includes medications for pain relief and corticosteroids to reduce inflammation. We may recommend specific exercises to strengthen the region and promote quicker healing. In some instances, surgical repair may be needed.
Contact us if you experience foot pain. We will do a thorough examination to locate the cause. From there, we can determine a course of treatment to get you feeling healthy and staying active. For new patients, visit our New Patients page to expedite your waiting room time.