What is Ankle Tendonitis? - If You Feel Pain, Beware

Ankle Tendonitis 
If You Feel Pain, Beware

Your feet are going to carry you for probably your entire life. You need to make sure that you take care of them the best that you can. You may be starting ankle tendonitis if you start to feel pain or either swelling in the ankle area.

Let me keep you some background information and also talk a little bit about how we can help prevent tendinitis in the ankle.

Sometimes if you are training very hard, there may be times when you could show some signs of tendonitis in your ankles.

Tendonitis in general is the inflammation of the tendon. This is the fibrous tissue that connects the bone to the muscle. You can get tendonitis from the tendon being overworked or too much force on the tendon.

If you have developed ankle tendonitis you are going to find it difficult to move the ankle without feeling a very sharp pain starting in the ankle area and working its way up to the calf. Most times the common symptoms that you will have will be pain, swelling, and tenderness to the touch in the area of the ankle.

Another type of tendonitis that is very similar to being in close proximity to the ankle is Achilles tendonitis. What happens with this type is the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed. You see this occur in people who are constantly on their feet or in runners.

Ankle Tendonitis

Treatment for Ankle Tendonitis

Home Treatment: If you have a mild case of ankle tendonitis, you can use a home remedy that works great and that is an ice pack. You can use a frozen bag of vegetables to accomplish this home remedy. You have to use the ice pack for 15 minutes. Don't let the area get numb, that is not good. Ice it, then let it warm up and do it again. If you need to be on your feet, you can use an ace bandage to help support the ankle and prevent further injury.

Cortisone injections sometimes work well for tendonitis but using them when you have ankle tendonitis is a somewhat scary thing to do. The ankle tendon can rupture easily if used improperly, so doctors try to avoid them if possible. You can try to put a cushion in your shoe, this will help support the foot and can help with the pain if you need to be on your feet.

Your feet are going to carry you for a long time and keeping them injury-free is important. This will include not getting ankle tendonitis. If you avoid taking care of the problem, you risk developing permanent injury and that is not something you want to do.

You need to talk to a physical therapist or an orthopedics doctor to learn how to maneuver your feet during physical activity to prevent injury. Whenever you feel ankle tendonitis pain or swelling in your ankle, try not to overdo it. Try to get off of your feet and give them a rest.