Tendinitis Specialist

American Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Scottsdale, AZ & Sun City, AZ

While you do have tendons throughout your body that are responsible for connecting muscles to bones, your achilles tendon is the largest and can withstand forces of up to 1,000 pounds or more. As durable as tendons can be, tendonitis, especially Achilles tendonitis, is one of the leading reasons men and women turn to the highly skilled team of podiatrists at American Foot & Ankle Specialists. If you have tendonitis, schedule an evaluation with this caring team. Book your visit at their Scottsdale or Sun City, Arizona, location online or over the phone.

Tendonitis Q&A

What causes tendonitis?

Tendonitis occurs when you rupture, overstretch, or tear a tendon. While any tendon in your body can become injured, damage to your Achilles tendon, which runs down the back of your lower leg, is most common. Reasons you may develop tendonitis include:

  • Running or jumping regularly
  • Wear-and-tear or overuse
  • Wearing improper footwear
  • Stretching inadequately before sports or exercise
  • Putting out extra effort, like while sprinting

Sometimes you might just be prone to developing tendon injuries if you’re born with weaker tendons and soft tissues. Tendonitis can occur suddenly, or develop gradually over time. Either way, though, you need to seek medical intervention at the first sign of discomfort so your condition doesn’t worsen.

How do I know if I have tendonitis?

The most common sign of tendonitis, especially Achilles tendonitis, is pain in your lower leg, ankle, or foot. You may also experience:

  • Discomfort in your heel
  • Limited range of motion
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the injured leg

The only way to know for certain if you have tendonitis is to book an evaluation with the podiatry team at American Foot & Ankle Specialists. Once they understand the severity of your injury, they can get you started on treatment right away.

Which tendonitis treatments do I need?

The team at American Foot & Ankle Specialists have extensive training in modern, conservative tendonitis therapies, even for Achilles tendonitis. Under their care, you can feel confident that they can help resolve your discomfort. Your tendonitis treatment plan can include:

  • Specialized eccentric stretches
  • Physical therapy
  • Cortisone injections
  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Ultrasound or electrical stimulation therapy

If you’re still not getting relief or if your case of tendonitis is getting worse, your podiatrist at American Foot & Ankle Specialists might talk with you about surgery. Tendonitis surgery involves lengthening your calf muscles, repairing your tendon, or transferring part of your tendon.

The team at American Foot & Ankle Specialists care for you every step of the way if you do ultimately need a surgical repair, although this is almost always a last resort.

Get started on your tendonitis treatment at American Foot & Ankle Specialists today. Schedule an appointment through the online booking system or call the location nearest you.