What is Tendinitis?


If you’ve got tendinitis, you already know one thing for sure: it really hurts! Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey have put together some information which will help you understand what’s behind the pain of tendinitis– and what you can do about it.

What tendons do

The body is made up of blood vessels, nerves, organs, bones, muscles, and so much more. Tendons fall into the “so much more” category. They’re the strong, fibrous tissues that connect bones to muscles. They help muscles move smoothly in conjunction with your bones. Without tendons, your muscles wouldn’t be connected to anything but themselves, making skeletal movement impossible.

Why tendons sometimes hurt

Any type of medical condition that ends in “-itis” indicates inflammation. So the simple definition of tendinitis is a tendon or tendons that have become inflamed. (It’s also spelled “tendonitis,” which may make the meaning a little more recognizable.) Tendons can become irritated for a number of reasons:

  • Repetitive movements such as jumping and squatting frequently lead to lower leg and foot tendonitis
  • Trauma or accident
  • Faulty biomechanics
  • Existing disease such as arthritis
  • Some combination of the above.

Tendinitis in your lower limbs

Podiatrists Dr. Frey and Dr. Oltmann diagnose and treat various types of tendinitis in our patients here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, including these two common types:

  • Achilles tendinitis– injuries to the Achilles tendon, which attaches to your heel and follows your leg up into your calf muscle, are common in sports. The Achilles tendon can become overstretched, partially torn, or completely torn.
  • Posterior tibial tendinitis – inflammation of the tendon that connects the bones in your foot arch to your calf. PTT compromises your arch support and makes walking very painful.

How to treat tendinitis

The longer you wait to seek treatment for an aching tendon, the longer it’ll take to heal. Make an appointment with us at our office in Solon, Ohio if you think you may have tendinitis in your lower limbs. Treatment options include walking boots, custom orthotic inserts, stretching exercises, prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications, and, in some cases, surgery. Contact us online or by phone at (440) 903-1041.