Tendinitis Specialist

Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH

Podiatrist located in Derry, NH

If you’re a weekend warrior or athlete, you have a risk of developing tendinitis. When left untreated, tendinitis may increase your risk of a tendon rupture, and in turn, the need for surgery. At Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH, Drew Taft, DPM, provides comprehensive treatment for tendinitis for residents of Derry, New Hampshire. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.

Tendinitis Q & A

What is tendinitis?

Tendinitis is a common overuse injury that causes one or more tendons to become irritated and inflamed. Tendons are strong rope-like bands of tissue that connect your muscles to your bones.

Tendinitis can occur anywhere in the body, but it’s especially common in the knees, heels, and ankles. Most cases of tendinitis resolve on their own with rest and other conservative treatments, but severe instances may require more complex interventions.

What are the symptoms of tendinitis?

Common symptoms of tendinitis include a dull, aching pain that gets worse during movement, tenderness, and mild swelling. As tendinitis gets worse, the pain you experience might prevent you from normal tasks like climbing a flight of stairs, walking the dog, or exercising. 

Who is at risk of tendinitis?

Tendinitis affects people of all ages and races, but several factors may increase your risk, including being middle-aged or older, working a physically demanding job like construction or manufacturing, and playing sports. 

This is particularly true if you play sports that require repetitive motions like baseball, basketball, swimming, or golf.

Is there any way to prevent tendinitis?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent tendinitis, but there are several things you can do to lower your risk. Dr. Taft recommends:

  • Improving your technique
  • Stretching before and after exercise
  • Using proper workplace ergonomics
  • Practicing good posture
  • Strengthening your muscles 

You can also lower your risk of tendinitis by listening to your body. If you experience pain or discomfort during physical activity, stop immediately instead of pushing through it.

How is tendinitis diagnosed?

To diagnose tendinitis, Dr. Taft physically examines your feet and ankles, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, including how often you exercise, if you warm-up, and how bad your pain is on a scale of 1-10. 

Usually, these steps are enough to make an accurate diagnosis, but if necessary, he might also order digital X-rays or an ultrasound.

How is tendinitis treated?

Dr. Taft typically recommends conservative treatments to ease tendinitis pain, including rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol), over-the-counter pain medication, and physical therapy. 

If your pain persists or gets worse, you might benefit from corticosteroid injections, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, or in rare instances, surgery.

To learn more about the treatment options for tendinitis, schedule an appointment at Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.