Learn about common tendon injuries and how they are caused
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Find out what causes a tendon injury and when you need to see a podiatrist

A tendon is a strong and flexible cord of tissue that connects muscle to bone, and helps move the connected areas. Your feet and ankles can’t operate successfully when your tendons aren’t functioning, so an injury to a foot or ankle tendon can set you back a few steps.

A tendon injury can occur when you over-exert your tendon or use it incorrectly. In some cases, a tendon injury can be caused by age or genetics. These injuries are commonly caused by:

  • Improper stretching prior to an activity
  • Improper form during an activity
  • Lack of training for higher levels of exertion
  • Excess strain on the tendon
  • Flat feet and heel spurs (for the Achilles tendon)

Below are some of the most common types of injuries and their symptoms:

  • Peroneal tendonitis -- Persistent pain in the tendon on the outside of the ankle, sometimes paired with swelling or a bump
  • Posterior tibial tendonitis -- Pain, often stressed by activity, along the inside of the foot and ankle where the tendon lies
  • Achilles tendonitis -- Pain in the back of the ankle accompanied by thickness and swelling around the Achilles tendon

Torn Achilles -- Pain in back of foot above the heel, swelling and stiffness that limits movement; may have created a snapping sound when injury occurred

Many cases of these injuries can be treated without surgery, but in some extreme cases, surgery may be required to connect a severe tear.

If you feel you are experiencing any of these symptoms related to a tendon injury, you should schedule an examination with a podiatrist. Call Kansas City Foot Specialists today at 913-338-4440.

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