Tendonitis Specialist

Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle

Podiatrists located in Pawtucket, RI

Without early intervention and proper treatment, tendonitis can become so severe, pain and inflammation start impacting your quality of life. With the help of board-certified podiatrist Joseph K. Domenico, DPM, of Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle, you can finally get relief from tendonitis discomfort. Get started on your personalized tendonitis therapy at this Pawtucket, Rhode Island, clinic by requesting an appointment online or over the phone.

Tendonitis Q & A

Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle

What causes tendonitis?

Your tendons are responsible for linking your muscles to your bones. As sturdy as your tendons can be, overuse or even a minor injury can cause inflammation, which is referred to as tendonitis (or tendinitis).

While tendonitis can occur anywhere in your body, it most commonly affects your Achilles tendon, which connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. You can develop tendonitis for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Flat feet
  • Arthritis or prior injury
  • Improper stretching
  • Overexertion during sports or exercise

Some men and women have tendons that are tighter than normal, making them more prone to chronic pain and inflammation. In this case, you’ll likely need extensive treatment and preventive care.

What are the symptoms of tendonitis?

Tendonitis causes throbbing and aching pain all the way down the back of your calf and possibly into your heel bone. Pain is typically worse when you move the affected tendon, such as while walking or running. You may also experience:

  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected leg
  • Tenderness or inflammation
  • Visible swelling

Proper tendonitis treatment is essential for relieving your current symptoms, as well as preventing future issues.

How is tendonitis treated?

Before you begin treatment, Dr. Domenico may order imaging to confirm a diagnosis and to rule out other conditions. Once he understands the severity of your injury, he discusses with you the possible treatment options that are most likely going to provide relief. Your tendonitis treatment plan may include:

  • Cortisone injections
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Bracing or splinting

Of course, without adequate rest and multiple ice applications throughout the day (as needed), your tendonitis isn’t going to go away. It’s important to stay off your feet as much as possible and avoid exercise until you fully recover.

Dr. Domenico and the team at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle help you every step of the way, so you can fully recover and resolve lingering tendonitis pain. They also teach you at-home exercises and stretches to increase your tendon’s elasticity and minimize future tendonitis flare-ups.

Book your tendonitis evaluation at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle today. Schedule your visit through the online booking feature, or call the office directly.