Tendonitis

Tendons are tough, flexible tissues that connect muscle to bone. A tendon can hurt or gt torn from overuse or aging, especially tendons in the ankle. Common names for tendon injuries are called tendinopathy or tendinitis. Injuries to your tendon can occur from any motion you have to repeat in a job, sports or daily activities.

You can treat most tendon problems with over-the-counter pain medicine, rest, changes in your activities and physical therapy.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Rest the sore area. You may have to stop doing the activity that caused the tendon pain for a while.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medicine.
  • Do not take two or more pain medicines at the same time unless the doctor told you to.
  • Put ice or cold pack on the sore area for 10-20 minutes at a time. Try to do this every 1 to 2 hours for the next 3 days (when you are awake) or until the swelling goes down. Put a thin cloth between the ice and the skin.
  • Prop up the sore area on a pillow when you ice it or anytime you sit or lie down during the next 3 days. Try to keep it above the level of your heart. This will help reduce swelling
  • Follow your doctor’s advice for wearing and caring for a sling, splint or cast. In some cases, you may wear one of these for a while to help your tendon heal. Gently move your joint through its full range of motion. This will prevent stiffness in the joint.
  • Go back to your activity slowly.
  • Warm up before and stretch after the activity.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking can slow healing.

If you feel like you have a tendon injury please contact Dr. Iwu today!!

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