As with many things in life, tendon problems are not always simply defined. There is often much more to a situation such as “my Achilles hurts” than one may expect or want.
Trust us, we wish it were simple, too. If every problem had the same underlying causes and required the same treatment, we would be a much happier and healthier society as a whole!
But our bodies are much too wonderfully complex for such simplicity. When it comes to addressing tendon problems, we must consider multiple issues as well as the underlying causes of them we will need to address.
When we refer to tendon problems in general, you might hear terms such as “tendon pathology” or “tendinopathy.” Within these umbrella terms are more specific conditions that can befall a tendon. There are significant differences between these conditions, and those differences have significant effects on the ways each particular problem should be treated.
Treatment Options for Tendon Problems
Having the proper diagnosis for any source of pain is the first step toward finding the most effective treatment.
If you experience sudden foot or ankle pain during activity, or have had persistent pain for more than a couple days without improvement, your wisest move is to stop doing whatever might have caused or be aggravating that pain (sometimes your body won’t give you much choice to continue!) and contact us about it as soon as possible.
Attempting home treatment, especially if you don’t know exactly what you’re dealing with, might result in prolonged or improper recovery, which can lead to further and worse problems down the line.
Methods of treating tendon problems can vary depending on type and severity. Minor cases of tendinitis may only require a period of rest and icing. Worse cases might benefit greatly from our multiwave locked system (MLS) laser therapy, which is especially effective for reducing pain and inflammation from tendinitis.
For many ruptures and many longitudinal tears, surgery may be necessary to repair the tendon. If it is, we will be sure to discuss the full procedure and any other potential options with you to ensure you make a decision with full confidence.
If need help for any kind of painful foot or ankle issue, do not wait any longer than you need to. Call our Commerce Township office at (248) 360-3888 or fill out our online contact form to request an appointment.