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Tendonitis Specialist

Ronald J Small, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Comprehensive Foot Care Associates

Ronald J Small, DPM

Podiatrist located in Abington, PA & Fort Washington, PA

When you’ve suffered a foot injury from everyday activity or exercise and the pain won’t go away, one possibility is that you’ve developed tendonitis. If you live or work in greater Philadelphia, consider getting tested for this common ailment by Dr. Ronald Small, the lead podiatrist at Comprehensive Foot Care Associates. Call or book an appointment online for a personalized consultation at the Abington or Fort Washington office in Pennsylvania.


What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis is the inflammation of one of your many tendons, flexible tissue connecting your muscles to your bones. As a podiatrist, Dr. Small treats tendinitis in feet, and the most common case is Achilles tendinitis, the inflammation of your Achilles tendon, which connects your calf muscle to your heel.

There are many symptoms of tendonitis:

  • Pain (usually dull)
  • Irritation (tenderness)
  • Loss of flexibility and strength when standing and walking
  • Swelling (usually minor)

If any of the above symptoms are severe, stay off your feet and seek immediate medical attention, as you may have a broken bone or another more serious condition.

What causes tendonitis?

There are many causes of tendonitis, from accidents playing sports to everyday repetitive motions from your work or hobbies. Sudden strenuous exertion or awkward motions are particularly prone to triggering the ailment.

Tendonitis is more common as you age since your joints and tendons can become worn out, and most people tend to lose some flexibility over the years. Dr. Small helps you identify the likely cause and shares a wealth of prevention tips like stretching and ergonomics, as tendinitis can spring up throughout your life.

How is tendonitis diagnosed?

Dr. Small often can diagnose tendinitis with a combination of questioning and a physical exam where he checks your foot for swelling and tests your flexibility in conjunction with your pain response. 

Whenever necessary, Dr. Small orders an X-ray to confirm tendinitis or to diagnose another condition like a broken bone.

How is tendonitis treated?

In podiatry, there are many treatment options for tendonitis:

  • Pain medications (anti-inflammatories)
  • Resting, icing, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Physical therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Surgery

Which options are best for you is a thorough discussion and ultimately your decision, but Dr. Small often recommends the Multiwave Locked System (MLS) of laser therapy for more significant cases. He leverages the high-tech device to deliver a safe level of concentrated light beams, whose energy is clinically proven to reduce inflammation and pain while avoiding common side effects.

What is recovery like for tendonitis?

How long it takes to recover from tendonitis varies, depending on your age, level of injury, which tendon is inflamed, the chosen treatment(s), and lifestyle factors. It can take weeks or a couple of months, so ask Dr. Small for a better idea of what to expect for your recovery.

Don’t delay seeing a podiatrist if you think your foot is afflicted with tendonitis. Call for an appointment or book one online today.


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