Tendonitis Specialist

Ajitha Nair, DPM, MPH -  - Foot and Ankle Specialist

Propel Foot and Ankle

Ajitha Nair, DPM, MPH

Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Oakland, CA

Tendonitis is one of the most common causes of foot and ankle pain. Bay Area podiatrist Ajitha Nair, DPM, MPH, treats many types of tendonitis, including Achilles and peroneal tendonitis, at Propel Foot and Ankle in Oakland, California. If you suffer from foot pain that may be due to tendonitis, call or book an appointment online today.

Tendonitis Q & A

What is tendonitis?

Tendons are strong bands of tissue that connect your muscles to bone. Tendonitis occurs when one or more of your tendons become irritated and inflamed. This leads to pain, swelling, and stiffness that may affect your ability to walk or participate in your favorite activities.

Overuse from repetitive movements or stretching is the most common cause of foot tendonitis. However, you may also develop this condition after any type of foot or ankle injury, like a sprained ankle.  

What types of tendonitis affect the foot and ankle?

Your feet and ankles contain many tendons, and therefore multiple opportunities to develop tendonitis. Dr. Nair diagnoses and treats all types of foot and ankle tendonitis, including:

  • Achilles tendonitis, which causes heel and calf pain
  • Peroneal tendonitis, which causes pain at the back and outer side of your foot
  • Posterior tibial tendonitis, which causes pain on the inner side of the foot
  • Extensor tendonitis, which causes pain on top of the foot
  • Anterior tibial tendonitis, which causes pain at the front of the foot

The specific symptoms you experience depend on the tendon that’s injured and the severity of your condition. Generally, all types of tendonitis cause foot and ankle pain that worsens with activity and may improve with rest.

How is tendonitis diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Nair carefully examines your foot, ankle, and lower leg. She reviews your medical history and asks you to describe your symptoms, including when the pain started and whether it worsens or goes away with certain activities. She may also take an X-ray or musculoskeletal ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis.

Then, Dr. Nair recommends the best course of treatment for your specific needs. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, treatment for tendonitis may include:

  • Home care such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation (known as the RICE method)
  • Custom orthotics or supportive shoes
  • Physical therapy to improve strength and flexibility
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Cortisone injections

Dr. Nair specializes in running orthotics, which may help relieve tendonitis and prevent it from recurring.

For timely and effective treatment of tendonitis, call Propel Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online today.