Reduce that Tendonitis Pain
When you use your feet and ankles everyday you sometimes take them for granted. They are constantly working to keep you upright, keep you moving forward, and keep you healthy. They get little rest and take the brunt of the body’s force when mobile. The feet and ankles are an amazing asset to our everyday lives. Sometimes due to the overuse of these important parts of our body, they break down, become inflamed and cause us pain. This common condition is known as tendinitis.
Usually, your podiatrist can diagnose tendinitis during a simple physical exam within their office during a regularly scheduled appointment. Sometimes your podiatrist may require X-rays or other imaging tests to rule out other conditions that may be causing your signs and symptoms if necessary.
The goals of tendinitis treatment are to relieve your pain and reduce inflammation. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are all very good tools to use when combating against tendinitis. This, paired with the use of over the counter anti-inflammatory and anti-pain medications can cure a person of their tendinitis completely. Sometimes though, this basic treatment is not enough because the nature of the injury is too severe. Other medications, therapies and courses of treatment may be suggested or prescribed by your podiatrist in these instances.
For tendinitis, your doctor may recommend these medications:
- Pain relievers
- Taking aspirin, naproxen sodium or ibuprofen may relieve discomfort associated with tendinitis.
- Topical creams with anti-inflammatory medication
- Corticosteroid Injections
- Sometimes your doctor may inject a corticosteroid medication around a tendon to relieve tendinitis. Injections of cortisone reduce inflammation and can help ease pain.
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
- PRP treatment involves taking a sample of your own blood and spinning the blood to separate out the platelets and other healing factors. The solution is then injected into the area of chronic tendon irritation.
Physical therapy is a great way to help strengthen and stabilize a tendon in the ankle that has weakened from tendinitis.
Depending on the severity of your tendon injury, surgical repair may be needed, especially if the tendon has torn away from the bone. Surgery should not be used lightly. Be sure to explore all options before deciding whether or not surgery is the right course of action for you.
Tendinitis can be a very debilitating condition. It often creates chronic pain, and restricts movement for an individual who suffers from it. If you suspect that you are suffering from tendinitis, it is important to see a podiatrist right away so that your ankles and feet do not suffer. Call Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, of Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle, located in the nature coast of Florida. Dr. Kales will be able to determine the severity of your tendinitis. Call 727-868-2128 or make an appointment online today. Tendinitis has a tendency to be debilitating, do not let it stop you from moving forward.