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The Pain of Tendonitis
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Tendonitis, in its simplest form, is irritation or inflammation in a tendon. Tendons are cords made of thick, fibrous material that attach muscles to bones. Tendons can be found all over the body, and therefore, tendonitis can affect any portion of the body. However, some areas more commonly face tendonitis than others – like your feet, for example, especially in the Achilles tendon (the heel).
Tendonitis may be triggered in a number of ways. Sometimes, tendonitis occurs due to small but repetitive impacts to the area. This will happen over an extended period of time, and the patient may not even know he or she is causing damage that could lead to tendonitis. Additionally, a sudden, serious injury could directly hurt a tendon and cause tendonitis. This type of injury is much more commonly seen in impact sports.
The injury can also be caused by extended use of incorrect posture. Improperly stretching before sports or other activities or failing to get proper exercise may also lead to tendonitis. With so many ways to receive the injury, it is plain to see that tendonitis can happen to anyone.
What are the symptoms of tendonitis?
Due to the nature of tendonitis, which consists of irritation or inflammation, the injury is going to cause pain in the tendon and the surrounding areas. The pain that is experienced differs from person to person based on their age, tolerance level, and the type of injury sustained. In some circumstances, the foot experiencing may completely lock up.
Other common areas where tendonitis may occur and pain may be felt include the knee, the hip, the base of the thumb, the elbow, and the shoulder.
How can I prevent tendonitis?
If you properly take care of your body, you’re at a much lower risk of developing tendonitis or sustaining an injury that could cause tendonitis. Make sure to properly stretch before strenuous activity. Take it slow and gradually build up your activity level rather than pushing yourself too hard.
You should also stop all activity if you begin to suffer from any unusual pains. If you feel your muscles beginning to tire, take a break. You may begin the activity again later if the pain is relieved, or just try another day. If you suspect that your foot is suffering from tendonitis, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
Dr. Matt Ahmadi is a leading Foot Doctor (Podiatrist) in Mission Viejo. Dr. Ahmadi is a Board Certified Foot Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Ahmadi is a leading foot and ankle doctor, who has earned the Doctor of Podiatric Medicinedegree from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. He completed his post graduate training in Podiatric medicine and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Ahmadi´s residency consisted of three intense surgical years at a level one trauma center where he performed advanced procedures in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.
Dr. Ahmadi specializes in reconstructive surgical and non-surgical care for children and adults as well as a wide variety of foot and ankle diseases and disorders. He places emphasis on educating patients about the function and dynamics of the foot and ankle in order to prevent future problems.