Tendonitis Basics

tendonitis-basicsTendonitis is any inflammation of a tendon. Tendons are strong bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Inflammation is pain, swelling, and irritation due to injury, overuse, infection or disease. Tendons, unlike ligaments that attach bones to other bones, go through a lot more motion and movement. This increased amount of movement frequently makes them the first to be injured and sadly the last to heal.

There are a lot of tendons in the foot and ankle. Nine major tendons pass the ankle joint alone. Thankfully, we at the New Mexico Foot and Ankle Institute understand these and can customize treatments for each individual tendon or problem. Not every tendonitis can be treated with simple ice and rest. There are many treatments that can be used to not only manage the tendonitis, but to decrease pain and increase strength. Our huge variety of braces, shoes, orthotics and specialized pads can offer dramatic relief despite being simple additions to treatment plans. Our goal is to get patients back into 100% activity as fast as possible and to prevent tendonitis from ever happening again.

Don’t Live Life in Pain! Call us today for an appointment at 505.880.1000. We take care of your feet…so that they’ll take care of you!

Justin Ward, DPM


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