5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Your Ankle and Feet Tendons

You may think a tendon injury is harmless as it doesn’t produce much pain right away, but tendon injuries can worsen over time if left untreated. While tendon injuries are common, it’s important to seek the proper treatment for these tissues that support your entire body. Keep reading to discover other important facts about the tendons in your feet and ankles.

  • You can overuse your tendons.

Achilles Tendonitis occurs when you strain the tendon from overuse. This injury isn’t limited to just athletes—anyone can develop Achilles Tendonitis. Tendonitis is usually characterized by tenderness and inflammation above the heel and can be treated with physical therapy or orthotics. Dr. Jam is more than happy to discuss these treatment options with you during your exam.

  • Your body can stop repairing damaged tendon tissue if the injury is not properly treated.

This may be a bit surprising, but it’s true. Achilles Tendinosis can occur if you don’t seek proper treatment for tendonitis. Tendinosis is characterized by tiny tears in the tendon that turn into scar tissue that stops your body from supplying blood to the damaged area. Surgery may be required in this situation, or you can ask Dr. Jam about Topaz coblation, which can help break up scar tissue with no incision necessary.

  • Feeling like you were kicked in the ankle can be a sign of serious injury.

A tendon rupture may be minimally painful, but the damage can be extensive. People who suffer a ruptured tendon usually report feeling as if they were kicked in the ankle while running, and if left untreated, reattachment may be impossible as the tendon separates.

  • Having flat feet can affect your tendon health.

People with flat feet who are ages 40-65 have a higher risk of posterior tibia tendon tears. This tendon runs along the bottom of the foot, supporting the arch. The good news, however, is if caught early, this condition can be treated with physical therapy and orthotics.

  • Not properly treating tendon injuries can lead to arthritis.

Without the proper care, injuries may worsen over time, leading to painful arthritis. Those with flat feet, fallen arches or posterior tibia tendon tears are especially prone to developing arthritis without the proper medical care. Avoid further injury by contacting Dr. Jam’s office to set up your appointment now.