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Being active is an important part of staying healthy. As we are active, we need to take care of our body. Tendons play a key role in this process.
Tendons are the fibrous cord like structures that connects our muscles to our bones, allowing us to move. Repetitive activities or motions can put stress on our tendons causing irritation, inflammation, and pain. When this happens it
is called “tendonitis” and can make even the simplest activities difficult.
The most common tendon to be affected in the foot and ankle is the achilles tendon, which is the large tendinous band that connects our calf muscle to our heel. Although the achilles tendon is the most common tendon to be affected, any of our tendons can develop tendonitis.
Patients will often feel symptoms such as a mild aches, pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness in or around the tendon, which are all signs you may be developing tendonitis. If symptoms do not improve with some rest, then it may be time to see a podiatrist.
Waiting to seek care can result in worsening of symptoms including thickening, fraying, or even rupture of the tendon. If this happens you may need surgery.
There are several things you can do to help prevent tendonitis including:
• Avoid repetitive activities
• Take breaks every 20-30 minutes
• Learn and use good technique
• Wear the proper shoes for the task or activity
• Perform daily stretches
• Warm up before your activities
• Cross train
• Work on muscle strengthening exercises
Never push through your pain, as this can lead to more serious injuries.
As you continue to be active and do the things you love, having a good podiatrist can help prevent any future injuries.
If you are having any foot or ankle pain, Advanced Foot and Ankle
Center can help you along the path to recovery. Our offices are located throughout Utah, from Ogden to St. George and our providers are always excited and happy to work with you. The providers at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center can help get you on the right path to a speedy recovery and back to doing what you love.