Tendonitis Specialist

Southwest Foot & Ankle

Nicholas Hugentobler, DPM

Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Durango, CO, Cortez, CO & Farmington, NM

If you struggle with aching pain, tenderness, or swelling in your foot or ankle, tendonitis might be the culprit. At Southwest Foot & Ankle in Durango, Colorado, and Farmington, New Mexico, Nicholas Hugentobler, DO, and his exceptional podiatry team can diagnose and treat tendonitis to reduce pain and give you a better quality of life. Call the Southwest Foot & Ankle office nearest you to schedule an appointment or book online today.

Tendonitis Q & A

What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis is irritation or inflammation of a tendon, a fibrous cord that attaches bone to muscles. Tendonitis often causes tenderness and pain near the affected joint. Common places for tendonitis include your heels, feet, ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Treatment with Southwest Foot & Ankle can enhance healing and eliminate pain.

What are the symptoms of tendonitis?

Common signs and symptoms associated with tendonitis include:

  • Tenderness
  • Dull, aching pain
  • Joint discomfort
  • Pain with joint movement
  • Swelling

If your pain is severe or doesn’t go away with at-home treatments, see Dr. Hugentobler and his team for relief.

What are the risk factors for tendonitis?

Tendonitis can happen to anybody, but certain factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include:

  • Repetitive motions
  • Playing sports
  • Older age
  • Certain occupations

Complications that can occur in response to untreated tendonitis include degenerative changes in your tendons and tendon rupture.

To reduce your risk of tendonitis, limit activities that stress your tendons, avoid overtraining (choose to cross-train when possible), stretch after exercise, strengthen your muscles, and use proper workplace ergonomics. 

How does my doctor diagnose tendonitis?

To find out if you have tendonitis, Dr. Hugentobler discusses your medical history and symptoms. He examines painful or injured areas of your feet and ankles. He might also recommend you undergo X-rays or other imaging procedures to detect or rule out additional problems.

What are my tendonitis treatment options?

Common tendonitis treatments include:

RICE therapy

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE therapy) are sometimes all you need to recover from tendonitis.

Steroid injections

Steroids injected at or near an affected tendon can reduce pain and inflammation associated with tendonitis.

Regenerative medicine

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) sourced from your blood and stem cell injections can enhance your body’s natural ability to generate new cells and heal.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy can stretch and strengthen muscles and other tissues affected by tendonitis, to accelerate healing and reduce the risk of future injuries.

Surgery

If you have severe tendonitis that doesn’t go away with other treatments, Dr. Hugentobler may recommend you undergo a surgical procedure to repair tissues and alleviate discomfort. 

Don’t live with tendonitis pain when simple treatments are within reach at Southwest Foot & Ankle. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.