Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon. Tendons attach our muscles to our bones. Tendonitis can occur in any tendon of the foot and ankle. Tendonitis is typically an overuse injury. Like all overuse injuries excessive repetitive stress is placed on the tendon resulting in inflammation. Tendonitis is common condition in runners, especially those who run on uneven surfaces or who have increased their mileage recently.
The goal of treatment is to decrease inflammation of the tendon. This can be accomplished with rest, ice and elevation. Decreasing stress on the tendon can be accomplished with immobilization through the use of a Cam Walker. Physical therapy and anti-inflammatories are often used. Long term treatment consists of supportive shoe gear, arch supports, and orthotics.