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What Does Tendonitis Mean?

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One of the most popular events to take in during the Christmas season is a performance of The Nutcracker. There are several areas around Connecticut performing this well-known production, but coming up on December 22nd, 2013 you can catch a performance by the Connecticut Concert Ballet in Manchester, CT.

Dancers put extreme demands on their feet and are at risk for a number of injuries. Really, any sport or activity that puts repeated strain on feet and ankles puts a person at risk, and tendonitis is one injury that can happen. Tendonitis, simply put, is the irritation, inflammation and swelling of a tendon. A tendon is a very strong, fibrous cord that attaches muscle to bone. It is common to develop an injury in the tendons of shoulders, elbows, wrists and heels.

Tendonitis most often occurs due to overuse, but it can also happen as a result of an injury, or from a tendon losing elasticity over time. At our podiatric office, we treat patients with symptoms of tendonitis in the Achilles– the tendon that attaches to the heel bone. You may experience swelling, pain when moving your foot, and tenderness. It is a common injury among athletes and can happen if you increase the intensity of your training or workouts too quickly, or from wearing ill-fitting or inappropriate shoes. An abnormal foot structure such as having flat feet or high arches can also cause an extra degree of pressure on tendons and lead to this condition.

When this injury develops, the first step in treatment typically involves rest, ice, elevation and time to heal. If pain continues to get worse, there is a chance tendonitis can lead to a full rupture, so appropriate treatment is imperative at the first sign of symptoms.

If you have been experiencing the symptoms we have discussed here, please don’t wait to seek treatment. Contact Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery for help. Make an appointment at our office in Hamden, CT by calling (203) 288-4055 or in Milford, CT by calling (203) 876-7736.

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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