Tendinitis (also spelled tendonitis ) is an inflammation of a tendon, thick cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones. A type of tendinitis that affects the feet is insertional Achilles tendinitis , which describes an inflammation of the Achilles tendon where it inserts into the heel bone.

Causes of Tendinitis

  • Improper stretching/warming up
  • Incorrect form during physical activity
  • Injury to the calf
  • Overuse of the tendon
  • Wearing high heels at work and switching to lower-heeled shoes for workouts

Symptoms of Tendinitis

  • Limited movement of your ankle
  • Pain when you move your calf, even if you have not sustained an injury
  • Swelling in the area

Treatments for Tendinitis

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Applying ice to the area 3-4 times a day, 15 minutes each time
  • Custom-made orthotics --NOPA offers more than 150 unique varieties
  • Heel lifts
  • Physical therapy
  • Proper stretching
  • Resting your leg and foot
  • Surgery to remove the degenerative tissue or to strengthen the tendon attachment to the heel bone

Prevention of Tendinitis

  • Continued use of custom-made orthotics
  • Gradual increase in physical activity
  • Stretches and exercises provided by your doctor

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