Our feet are not only made up of muscles and bones but also tendons and ligaments. Responsible for carrying our entire body weight 24/7, it’s not surprising you often experience foot pain from time to time. If you’re suffering from sore, achy feet, read on to find out if it could be extensor tendonitis.
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Extensor Tendonitis – the Pain on Top of Your Foot
What Is Extensor Tendonitis?
There are many different extensor tendons in your legs and feet, which are tendons connecting the front part of your leg with your toes. They cross over the ankle and run across the top of your feet, allowing you to move freely.
Extensor tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon or tendons. As they move back and forth with repetitive motion, an overworked tendon can develop microscopic tears, which make it difficult to move and lift your ankle and toes.
As you grow older, the tendons become more and more susceptible to developing these tears as they lose their elasticity and mechanical strength. And our body’s natural response to injury and preventing any further damage is creating inflammation which can manifest swelling due to the increased blood flow.
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If you have extensor tendonitis, these are the symptoms you might experience:
- Stiffness in the joint
- Redness, swelling, or warmth
- Pain localized to the top of your foot
- Crackling noise or crepitus at the affected tendon area
- Pain worsens with activity
However, you may sometimes experience numbness which can be a sign or a more serious condition. If this happens, you might need to seek help from an orthopedic doctor, who can conduct physical examinations, including MRI and X-rays, to give you an accurate diagnosis.
There are various conditions that can cause pain on the top of the foot, the most common is due to the overuse of tendons in activities such as kicking, running, or jumping.
Stress fractures of the foot bones: Fractures in the metatarsal bones, situated at the top of the feet, can cause pain. The swelling would almost certainly be a symptom of this injury.
Foot tendons may become sore if they brush against too-tight shoes. When you run, the tendons will get inflamed if the running shoes or laces press too tightly on them. Extensor tendonitis in the foot can also be caused by overuse. One of the most frequent causes is running uphill.
How to Heal Extensor Tendonitis
Extensor tendonitis treatment’s primary goal is to control the inflammation caused by pressure and stress on the tendons. Rest, icing to relieve pain and discomfort, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also help minimize inflammation and speed up the tendon’s healing.
Depending on the severity of the tendonitis, physical therapy (PT) might be needed. PT can help you learn various low-impact strengthening exercises and gentle stretching to keep the tendons and joints they cross from getting stiff. Treatments such as ultrasound can help you heal your tendons.
The best way to treat extensor tendonitis is to treat your body well, don’t always try to push your body to its limit. And if you are currently experiencing the condition, try to treat it as soon as possible, before the symptoms worsen and create other complications that could negatively impact your daily life.
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