Foot and Ankle
in New York City
Each leg has two peroneal tendons. These tendons connect the peroneal muscles to the bones of the foot and ankle and are critically important for walking and coordinated movement. One extends from the outside of the ankle to the base of the fifth metatarsal while the other crosses under the bottom of the foot and attaches to the middle of the arch from the outside of the foot.
The posterior tibial tendon is a tendon that comes off a flat muscle that lies deep in the leg underneath the calf muscles and connects it to the inner arch of the foot. The Achilles tendon is formed from the three calf muscles and it attaches it to the back of the heel. This “pulley” system of tendons provides the necessary stability at the ankle and allows the foot to function correctly.
When injured or torn, tendons can become swollen and painful, leading to foot and ankle weakness or difficulty standing or walking.
Chelsea Foot and Ankle provides high-quality treatment for injured tendons in New York City along with their many other podiatry services.
Common Tendon Injuries
Inflammation and tears are the primary source of tendon injuries. These tend to manifest in the following ways:
- Acute tear: A sudden tear that often occurs while playing sports or participating in another strenuous physical activity.
- Tendinosis: Tears that result from overuse, age, or degeneration. These worsen over time.
- Tendinitis: Tendons that become inflamed, causing pain and redness while being warm to the touch.
- Tendinopathy: A painful condition that is a combination of a tendon tear and tendinitis.
Chelsea Foot and Ankle in New York City provides effective treatment for tendon injuries.
How Do I Know if I Have a Tendon Injury?
A thorough consultation with one of our top podiatrists can identify a precise diagnosis from which a customized treatment plan will be determined to provide you with the relief you need.
Our doctor(s) will listen carefully to your concerns and perform a complete examination of your feet and ankles to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other possible causes of your symptoms.
The following symptoms may indicate a tendon injury:
- Pain, redness, warmth, and swelling that increase when pressure is applied
- A crunchy feeling or sound (Crepitus) or when moving the foot or ankle
- Ankle or foot pain that is worse at night or in the morning
- Stiffness in the joints of the foot and ankle
Chelsea Foot and Ankle
to Treat Your Tendon Injury?
The entire Chelsea Foot and Ankle team is committed to providing compassionate care and improving your quality of life by offering the comprehensive services you deserve at reasonable prices.
To us, our patients and staff are family, and you can expect to be treated like the VIP you are while receiving treatments that are customized to meet your unique needs.
What Are Your Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Tendon Injuries?
While Dr. Ciment is a highly qualified foot surgeon, he will attempt to treat your injury more conservatively if possible with the following recommendations:
- Modifying activities that aggravate the condition
- Corticosteroid injections
- Custom orthotics
- Applying ice regularly
- Physical therapy
- Over-the-counter or prescribed anti-inflammatory medications
What if You Need Surgery for a Tendon Injury?
Foot tendon surgery is sometimes the only solution for severe injuries and disease.
This surgery requires a small incision in the skin above the affected area. Our surgeon will use specially designed tools to repair the torn tendon and inspect the surrounding tissues to ensure the blood vessels or nerves are intact, and no other injuries exist.
Sometimes, a tendon transfer is necessary. This procedure involves removing a tendon from elsewhere in your body to replace the damaged tendon.
What Is Recovery From Tendon Surgery Like?
You will need to wear a cast or boot to protect the healing tendons. Physical therapy is a crucial part of your recovery and can help you regain full function faster.
Complete healing can take weeks or months, depending on the extent of your injury and the technique needed to correct it. Your doctor can explain what to expect in more detail for your particular tendon injury recovery.
How Can You Prevent a Tendon Injury?
Some tips to help you avoid tendon injury include:
- Avoid placing excessive or prolonged stress on your tendons.
- Adjust your physical activities if they consistently cause pain.
- Make a habit of stretching your legs throughout the day.
- Warm up your muscles, ligaments, and tendons before exercising and participating in sports or dance.
New York City Tendon Injury Surgery
Whether you want to address minor tendon issues and prevent further damage with non-surgical treatment or have a serious foot or ankle problem that may require surgery, you can trust the professionals at Chelsea Foot and Ankle.
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An absolutely amazing experience. Dr. Ciment is an absolutely wonderful person – it is very evident that he truly cares about his patients.
What a pleasure to meet Dr. Shastri. She was extremely personable, listened intently and actually was able to treat my condition to a fair extent in the first sitting.
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