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Lakeland Podiatrist | Lakeland Tendonitis | FL | Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group |

Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group

Dr. John Bidelspach

(863) 859-4434

(888) 505-0592

Lakeland Main Office:
4973 US Hwy 98 N
Lakeland, FL 33809
  The Villages Main Office:
(Just West of Rolling Acres)
Heart Rhythm Associates
781 HWY 466
Lady Lake, FL 32159

Laser Locations:
Orlando, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, The Villages, and Tallahassee


What is Tendonitis?

When you use a set of muscles too much, you are likely to strain the tendons (soft tissues) that connect those muscles to your bones. At first, pain or swelling may come and go quickly. But if you do too much too soon, your muscles may overtire again. The strain may cause a tendon’s outer covering to swell or small fiber in a tendon to pull apart. If you keep pushing your muscles, damage to the tendon adds up and tendonitis develops. Over time, pain and swelling may limit your activities. But with your doctor’s help, tendonitis can be controlled. Both your symptoms and your risk to future problems can be reduced.

Left untreated, tendonitis can put you at risk for further injury, such as a ruptured tendon or a sprain.

Where Does Your Foot Hurt?
Depending on what causes the stress or overuse, tendons in the back, side or front of your foot may hurt. At first you may feel pain only during or after workout, such as running or an aerobics class. As tendon damage adds up, however, your foot may hurt when you walk or even when you stand still.

  • The Back of Your Foot – The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. If tendonitis occurs here, you may feel pain when your foot touches the down or when your heel lifts of the ground.

  • The Front of Your Foot – The anterior tibial tendon helps control the front of your foot when it meets the ground. If this tendon is strained, you may feel pain when you go down stairs or walk or run on hills.

  • The Inside of Your Foot – The posterior tibial tendon runs along the inside of the ankle and foot. If this tendon is strained, your foot may hurt when it moves forward to push off the ground. Or you may feel pain when your heel shifts from side to side.

  • The Outside of Your Foot – The peroneal tendon wraps across the bottom of your foot, from the outside to the inside. Tendonitis here may cause pain when you stand or push off the ground.

Your Physical Exam
During the exam, you’ll probably be ask to describe your symptoms, your overall health, and your usual activities. The doctor will check your foot and ankle for areas of redness, swelling and warmth. The range of motion in your foot and ankle may also be tested.

X-ray may be taken to rule out a broken bone. To identify damage to a tendon, our doctor may order an MRI (magnetic resonance image).

Treating Tendonitis
Your doctor’s first concern is to reduce your symptoms. Using ice and heat, taking medication and limiting activity helps control pain and swelling. Following all of your doctor’s instructions. Returning to your activity too soon my cause your symptom to come back.

Ice and Heat
Ice helps prevent swelling and reduce pain. Place ice on the painful area for 10 minutes. Repeat the icing several times a day. If you already have swelling , using heat may help. Apply a heating pad or hot towel to the tendon for 30 minutes two or three time a day.

Your doctor may tell you to take aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medication. Thes reduce pain and swelling. Take them as directed. Don’t wait until you feel pain. In more severe cases, cortisone may be injected to relieve pain.

Limiting Activities
Rest allows the tissue in your foot to heal. Stay off your feet for a few days, then slowly work back into activity. If you do high-impact activities, such as running or aerobics, try other activities that places less strain on your foot. Cycling and swimming are good choices.

Staying Pain Free
Avoiding overuse is the best way to protect your feet and stay pain-free. If your doctor prescribes and ankle brace or custom-made shoes insert (orthoses), wear them as directed. Also stretch your feet and ankles before and after exercise.

Protect Your Feet
Limit the amount of stress created when your foot hit the ground. The tips below can help.

  • Wear the right shoe for the activity, so the shoe’s support and cushioning meet your needs. Also choose shoes with good arch and heel support. Ankle support is helpful, too.

  • Vary or reverse your exercise route or routine. That way, one set of muscle is not always under extra stress.

Lakeland Podiatrist Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group is a poidiatry office providing Tendonitis, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Lakeland, FL. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 33809 area and surrounding areas in Lakeland