What Is Tendonitis in the Ankle?
Ankle tendonitis is the inflammation of tendons in the ankle. The main cause of Ankle tendonitis is an overuse injury. Heavy stress as a result of repetitive movement of the ankle causes the tendon to stretch out abnormally.
What are the Symptoms of Ankle Tendonitis?
Some common symptoms of ankle tendonitis are:
- Pain and swelling in the ankle.
- Pain and discomfort upon moving your foot.
- Stiffness in the ankle, which makes it difficult to raise or lower the foot.
- Pain while sleeping.
- Decreased range of motion in the injured foot.
- Inability to bear your weight.
How to Treat Tendonitis In the Ankle?
Patients must seek immediate treatment for ankle tendonitis. Mild tendonitis is easily treatable, but if not diagnosed at an early stage, it may worsen. Prolonged tendonitis may also damage neighboring ligaments and muscles.
Non-Surgical Treatment for Ankle Tendonitis
An orthopedic surgeon will commonly recommend the following conservative treatments to treat grade 1 and grade 2 cases of ankle tendonitis:
- Limit ankle movement to rest the ankle tendon. Most orthopedic surgeons recommend the Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate (RICE) protocol to heal inflammation in the ankle tendons. RICE protocol is simple yet effective; it reduces pain and heals the inflammation.
- Prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and non-steroidal pain medication. The surgeon will prescribe medication, which is suitable for your specific healthcare needs.
- Do physical therapy, which includes strength and balance exercises. You will have to work with your physical therapist to increase your ankle tendons’ strength and flexibility.
- If these conventional non-surgical treatments are not working, the surgeon may advise innovative medical therapies such as ultrasound therapy.
- If the above treatments fail to contain the inflammation, then your doctor will recommend steroid injections. Steroid injections or Corticosteroid injections are steroids that are injected directly into the affected area.
Ankle Tendon Repair Surgery
In most cases, Shoulder Tendonitis heals in 3-4 weeks after the initiation of conservative treatments. However, if non-surgical treatments fail to improve the symptoms after a reasonable time, the doctor will prescribe surgery.
Surgery for ankle tendonitis can be done through the following surgical procedures:
- Anterior ankle tendonitis surgery for anterior ankle tendonitis treatment.
- Posterior tibialis tendon surgery.
- Peroneal tendonitis.
- Arthroscopic flexor tendon repair.
- Arthroscopic extensor tendon repair.
In grade 3 ankle tendonitis, a repair may not be a long-term solution. The surgeons will opt for arthroscopic surgical procedures to reconstruct the torn tendon by implanting a healthy tendon graft. In case the surgery is complicated, the surgeon will opt for open surgical procedures.
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How Long Does Ankle Tendonitis Take to Heal?
- Mostly Ankle Tendonitis takes about two to four weeks to heal.
- If you do not give the tendon proper time to heal, it may take more than six weeks.
Can I Walk With Ankle Tendonitis?
- You should avoid walking or any other activities that may bother the injury until the pain has gone.
- The injury needs time to recoup; in time, the agony will reduce.
What Happens If Tendonitis Goes Untreated?
- If you do not get proper treatment, you may experience tendon rupture, resulting in much more severe conditions in which surgery is necessary.
- It is advisable to get treatment of tendonitis timely before it gets serious.
Should I Exercise With Tendonitis?
- Yes, you can do exercise with tendonitis, if you are not feeling any pain.
- For every joint that is affected by tendonitis, there is a specific exercise.