Foot tendon tears are excruciating injuries often caused by a fall on the foot or sudden pressure on the tendon as well as repetitive use of the foot and ankle that puts stress on the tendon. This often occurs to athletes.
At the Associated Foot Care Clinic in Culver City, Dr. J. Leonard Knudson, DPM, foot tendon tear treatments are available along with assessment and diagnostic services.
Get Back On Your Feet with Foot Tendon Tear Treatment by Dr. Knudson
Foot tendons comprise the posterior tibial tendon, peroneal tendons and the Achilles tendon. Injuries to these tendons tend to be due to intense athletic activities or overuse. Falls, sudden pressure or repetitive and intense use of the foot and ankle that stresses the tendons can cause tears.
Tendon tear symptoms include:
Pain: The moment the injury happens can be very painful and the injured area can be sore while the injury heals.
Swelling, redness and warmth: The area of the injury can swell and turn red after it is injured and may be warm to the touch as well.
Weakness: Due to the injury your foot may feel weak and unstable, resulting in a limitation of ordinary activities.
Foot tendon tear treatments include:
Rest and ice: A break from activities that put strain and pressure on the injured tendon is necessary to allow healing. Cold packs will help reduce pain and swelling, these should be applied as soon as possible after the injury happens and then 3-4 times a day.
NSAIDs: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can help with the pain and swelling.
Braces, casts and orthotics: These can help support the foot while it is healing.
Steroid (cortisone): Injections of cortisone can reduce inflammation and pain due to tendon injury.
Physical therapy: Exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles and tendons can help with the injury.
Surgery: If the tendon has ruptured or the pain and swelling do not go away then surgery may be required to repair or replace a tendon.
If you think you have foot tendon injuries, reach out to Culver City foot doctor for an assessment, in order to determine the best course of treatment to restore your mobility and quality of life.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. J. Leonard Knudson - a Culver City Foot Doctor for treatment.
Dr. J. Leonard Knudson is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Culver City and near West Los Angeles. We also tend to patients from nearby - UCLA, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica and the West Los Angeles area.
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