Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon, a fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone. It is most commonly caused by repetitive motions or overuse and can cause pain, swelling, and tenderness in the affected area. Rest, ice, physical therapy, and pain medication are common treatments for Mill Creek tendonitis.
To determine the cause of the tendonitis, your doctor will need to evaluate the affected area first. They may also inquire about your symptoms, medical history, and any recent changes in your level of activity. In some cases, imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI may be ordered to get a better look at the affected tendon. If conservative treatment does not improve your tendonitis, your doctor may refer you to an orthopedic specialist for further evaluation and possible surgery.
These are some factors that can contribute to the development of tendonitis:
- Direct injury to the tendon
- Poor posture
- Weak muscles
- Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and gout
- Lack of flexibility or strength in the affected area
- A sudden increase in physical activity or intensity of exercise
It is important to address the cause of tendonitis to prevent recurrence and promote healing.
Some of the warning signs of tendonitis include:
The pain experienced is frequently described as a dull ache in the affected area. The pain usually gets worse with activity and gets better with rest. Tendonitis pain can be mild to severe and can be continuous or intermittent. In some cases, the pain may radiate into the surrounding area, causing limb or joint discomfort. Tendonitis pain is typically caused by inflammation and microtears in the affected tendon, and it can be exacerbated by repetitive motions or overuse.
Swelling is a common symptom of tendonitis, and it occurs when there is an accumulation of fluid in the affected area. The swelling can be accompanied by tenderness, redness, and warmth, and it can cause discomfort in the joint or limb. Swelling can result from inflammation in the affected tendon, which can be caused by repetitive motions or overuse. The swelling can make it difficult to move the affected joint and limit your range of motion.
The stiffness is most noticeable in the morning or after periods of inactivity, making moving the affected area difficult. The stiffness is frequently caused by inflammation in the affected tendon, which can be aggravated by repetitive motions or overuse. Pain, swelling, and weakness in the affected area may sometimes accompany stiffness.
Tendonitis can cause weakness in the affected joint or limb because of the inflammation and microtears in the affected tendon, and it can cause pain, swelling, and tenderness in the affected area. The weakness is often a result of pain, swelling, and inflammation, which can make it difficult to move the affected joint or limb. This can lead to further muscle weakness and reduce your ability to perform everyday activities or engage in physical activity.
Cracking or creaking sound
Tendonitis can cause a cracking or creaking sound when moving a joint or limb. Because it is caused by the tendon rubbing against the bones or other surrounding structures, this sound is frequently indicative of tendonitis. In most cases, the sound is accompanied by pain, swelling, and stiffness in the affected area.
If you experience these warning signs, speak to your doctor at Hansen Foot & Ankle.