Tendinosis is a chronic disorder of the tendons. Tendinosis occurs when there are microtears in the tendons caused by repetitive activities that break down the tendons on a cellular level. Tendinosis is often confused with tendonitis; it is even sometimes called chronic tendonitis. However, our doctors prefer the term tendinosis since it indicates a chronic condition of the tendons where they are damaged but not inflamed. Tendonitis indicates that there is an inflammation in addition to the tenderness and pain that accompany both conditions.
Tendinosis is common among athletes or workers that repeat the same actions over and over on a regular basis. Occupations that put you at risk for tendinosis include factory assembly lines, musicians, and computer programmers. Athletes that also put a great deal of stress on their tendons on a regular basis can end up with tendinosis. The most common tendinosis we see in our offices is Achilles tendinosis. The Achilles tendon is located in the back of your lower leg and connects your calf muscle to your ankle bone. If you are concerned that you might have this condition, call us at 561-793-6170 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Wellington podiatrists or complete the form below.
What is Tendinosis?
Tendinosis is chronic tendon injury where there is damage to the tendon on a cellular level. Tendons are the fibrous cords and tissues that attach your muscles to your bones. One of the main differences between tendinosis and tendinitis is that tendinosis does not have swelling. Repetitive activities in sports or even your profession can cause this painful condition. Factory assembly workers and musicians can experience tendonitis in the wrists or elbows and athletes often develop tendinosis in their joints. One of the most common injuries we see in our office is Achilles tendonosis, which affects the ankles. If you have had chronic tendonitis and it did not heal properly, tendinosis can be the result. Tendinosis can also occur if tendonitis went untreated.
Symptoms of Tendinosis
Patients with this condition complain of pain in the affected area, especially when the joints are moved. In some cases the pain presents as a dull ache in the general area. Achilles tendonosis symptoms include pain running down the back of your calf to your ankle. With Achilles tendonosis, acute pain can be felt after activities such as running, sprinting, or stair climbing.
Treatment for Tendinosis
Tendinosis is chronic and can be reoccurring, so treatment is usually ongoing. Anti-inflammatory medications are not a treatment for this condition since swelling is not present. Pain medications can help patients find relief and are often necessary because tendons take quite a long time to heal. The best treatment is rest and in some cases, immobilization. A brace can help immobilize the affected area, giving it time to heal. Physical therapy, strengthening exercises, and massage are all recommended treatments for both tendinosis and Achilles tendinosis. In severe cases, surgery is necessary to repair torn or ruptured tendons.
Diagosis of Tendinosis
What should you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for tendinosis or Achilles tendinosis? There can be a bit of apprehension when visiting a podiatrist in order to find out what is causing your foot pain or discomfort. The South Florida Foot and Ankle Centers doctors’ first priority is to address your area of concern and make you feel comfortable. All of our doctors have specialized training and have a great deal of clinical experience so they are able to give you all of the information that you need to help you make an informed decision, understand the options, and be a part of your treatment plan. Our podiatrists diagnose tendinosis after a physical examination and talking to you about your family and medical history and listing your daily activities including work and sports. An x-ray or other tests might be taken if your doctor needs to see the condition of the tendons, muscles, and bones underneath the skin. You should be prepared to discuss the level of pain, when pain occurs, and how long you have been experiencing the pain.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
The podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have extensive training and clinical experience when it comes to evaluating, diagnosing patients and providing treatment to relieve the heel pain and foot discomfort associated with both tendinosis and Achilles tendinosis. Remember that tendon injuries often can take quite a while to heal properly, but it is important to give yourself that time to heal so as to not cause further chronic damage. Don’t live with foot pain or ankle pain another day! Our Wellington podiatrists are very experienced in diagnosing and treating tendinosis. We accept all major insurance providers. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment or complete the form below.