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Tips to Treat Tendonitis on the Top of the Foot

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The Milford Road Runners have been in our community since 1978 and provide a valuable resource for runners of all experience levels to socialize and train together. If you are a Milford, CT resident and new to this activity, you may want to reach out to them. At least some of the veteran runners have probably experienced issues you might face, including top of the foot pain that sometimes comes while running.

Whereas the most commonly experienced form of tendinitis in your lower body affects your Achilles tendon, there are actually several types that can impact your feet. When it comes to pain in the top of your foot, especially when you run, we are probably looking at a case of extensor tendonitis. This is a fairly rare tendon injury, but it does happen and it is important to know how to handle it when the condition develops.

There are two main goals for the treating extensor tendinitis – reduce the pain and prevent it from returning. In order to accomplish the first, use the RICE technique:

  • Rest – Keep in mind that your body needs time to heal. While you are resting, though, you can still stay active and maintain your conditioning by subbing in low-impact exercises like swimming, bicycling, and even walking.
  • Ice – Icing the affected area is a valuable tool to keep inflammation to a minimum and help with alleviating pain. Be sure to wrap the ice or pack with a thin towel to avoid damaging your skin!
  • Compress – After icing, wrap the injury with a compression bandage to reduce swelling.
  • Elevate – When possible, keep your foot up to reduce excessive blood flow to the area.

When it comes to prevention, your best course of action is to come into one of our offices and let us determine what caused the condition. After we have established the root cause—which might be overuse, injury, a medical condition, or simply your foot structure—we can create a plan to decrease your risk of experiencing it again.

Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C., is here for all of your foot and ankle needs, including assistance with top of the foot pain from extensor tendonitis. Let us provide the expert care you need so you can recover safely. Call (203) 876-7736 for our Milford, CT office, (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office, or use our online form to schedule your appointment today!
Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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