Tendonitis Specialist

Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center

Podiatrists located in Littleton, CO

Whether you’re constantly on the go or lead a less active lifestyle, a foot or ankle injury, such as tendonitis, can stop you in your tracks and often requires specialized treatment to get you feeling better. If you’re experiencing pain across the top of your foot or around your ankle, you may be suffering from tendonitis. Make an appointment at Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center in Littleton, Colorado, and Hani Saeed, DPM, can evaluate your pain and advise the best treatment options to get you back on your feet in no time. You can book online with the convenient online scheduling system or call the office directly.

Tendonitis Q & A

What is tendonitis?

Tendons are the thick connective tissue that attaches your muscles to your bones. When they’re injured from trauma or repetitive use, inflammation occurs, causing a condition known as tendonitis. Tendonitis can occur in any of the tendons in your foot or ankle. Depending on location, you can experience pain when running, walking, climbing stairs, descending stairs, or standing. The five most common types are:

  • Achilles tendonitis: pain occurs in back of ankle, above heel bone; a common sports injury
  • Extensor tendonitis: pain occurs on top of foot; worse when running
  • Anterior tibial tendonitis: pain occurs in front of foot; worse when descending stairs
  • Peroneal tendonitis: pain occurs in back of ankle, on outer side; common with high arches and when standing
  • Posterior tibial tendonitis: pain occurs on inner side of foot; common with flat feet

If you recognize pain in any of the above areas, there’s a good chance you have tendonitis. Schedule an evaluation with Dr. Saeed to discuss your best treatment options.

What are common causes of tendonitis?

Tendonitis can occur for a variety of reasons, but it most commonly occurs from an injury or repetitive use. A simple misstep or fall can stress your tendons. When we run, walk, or do any activity that involves repetitive movements over time, our tendons can become irritated and inflamed, especially without proper form, technique, and self-care. Make sure to warm-up and cool down when practicing sports, and don’t skip stretching.

Age and illness can also affect your tendons. As you age, your tendons lose elasticity, and as a result, your body becomes less flexible. Certain autoimmune conditions, like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, may cause people to be more susceptible to connective tissue inflammation. People who were born with flat feet or high arches can experience added stress on their tendons, leading to tendonitis.

With extensive experience in treating sports injuries and other causes of tendonitis, Dr. Saeed can go over your training regimen and medical history with you to recommend the best treatment and preventative care.

Are there effective treatments for tendonitis?

Although seeing a qualified podiatrist, like Dr. Saeed, is an important step in treating acute foot and ankle tendonitis symptoms, self-care at home can help provide relief for milder cases. Over-the-counter NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, may be helpful. If you’re experiencing pain, swelling, and tenderness, try the R.I.C.E. technique at work or home:

  • Rest: limit activity to give your tendon time to recuperate
  • Ice: cold helps to reduce swelling and decrease pain
  • Compression: wrapping your injury helps to supper the injury and reduce inflammation
  • Elevate: reduces blood flow to decrease pain and inflammation

For more severe injuries, or tendonitis caused by structural issues, there are additional treatment options:

  • Corticosteroids: injections around the injury to reduce pain and inflammation
  • PRP (Platelet-rich plasma): your own blood platelets are injected into the injury to help with chronic inflammation
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotics: a custom shoe insert to provide arch support and prevent pain
  • EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment): shockwave therapy to eliminate pain and restore mobility

To schedule a custom orthotics fitting, EPAT treatment, or to discuss what other treatment options may be right for you, make an appointment at Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center. Book online or by phone.

What is EPAT therapy?

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment is a safe and effective therapy for tendonitis that should have you feeling better after only three treatment sessions. During an EPAT treatment, a Red Rock Foot & Ankle Center technician will apply gel over your injured area and use the EPAT machine to emit pressure waves in a circular motion to penetrate the inflamed tissue. Each session lasts approximately 15 minutes. Though some patients report an immediate relief in symptoms, in some cases, it can take up to four weeks to begin experiencing pain reduction. With a success rate of over 80% and practically no side effects, EPAT provides an excellent non-invasive therapy option for people of all ages.

Talk to Dr. Saeed about whether EPAT therapy may be right for you. You can book an appointment with the Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center through their online scheduling system or by phone.