Tendonitis Q & A
What is tendonitis?
Tendons are essentially chords that attach your muscles to your bones. Tendonitis is a condition marked by inflammation or irritation of a tendon. Even though tendonitis can affect different body parts, Dr. Deacon generally deals with tendonitis of the knee or heel.
Tendonitis of the knee is also commonly referred to as jumper’s knee, while tendonitis of the heel is also known as the Achilles tendonitis. Most cases of tendonitis can be treated with conservative measures, while more severe cases may require surgery.
What are common signs and symptoms of tendonitis?
The most common symptom of tendonitis is a dulling ache or pain felt in your knee or heel. Tendonitis can also be accompanied by swelling and tenderness of the joint.
Signs of tendonitis may subside on their own with home remedies. However, if signs persist and limit you in your daily routine for more than a few days, it’s probably a good idea to set up an appointment with Dr. Deacon.
What causes tendonitis?
Tendonitis can be caused by a fluke sports injury, but in most cases, it’s caused by progressive wear and tear over time. It’s usually the result of repetitive motion, such as jumping or running, related to physical activity or your occupation.
There are several risk factors associated with tendonitis, including age and playing more physically strenuous sports, such as basketball or soccer.
Using proper technique during physical activity or exercise and comfortable shoes is a good preventive measure against tendonitis.
How is tendonitis treated?
Dr. Deacon first performs a comprehensive physical exam and discusses your symptoms with you. He then works closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.
In many cases, tendonitis of the knee or heel can be treated with rest, icing to reduce swelling, and physical therapy to improve joint strength and flexibility. Compression and elevation are also key conservative measures that help treat tendonitis. Over-the-counter pain medication can relieve swelling and pain.
However, more severe cases that call for repairing a torn or ruptured tendon can require surgery to treat. Dr. Deacon excels at surgery to repair different forms of tendonitis and can provide a consultation.
To learn more about tendonitis and personalized treatment plans, call Milwaukee Advanced Foot & Ankle Clinic or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deacon today.