Tendonitis is what happens when the tendon gets irritated from being moved outside of its regular motion. It becomes inflamed and the movement becomes painful.
There are several reasons for tendonitis:
- Overuse of the area. This is especially true for those who have recently begun an exercise routine.
- Increased in the level of exercise. The tendon is unfamiliar to the new level of exertion.
- Age. Tendons lose their elasticity as we age and the ability to move as smoothly as we once did is lost.
- Anatomical alignment. If the tendon does not have a smooth channel to glide along, it’s more likely to become irritated and inflamed. In this case, surgery may be necessary.
If you experience tendonitis, it’s important to visit your podiatrist right away to see what treatment options are available to you.