If you cross your eyes for too long, they’ll stay that way. I’m sure we all remember our parents reminding us of this wives’ tale. Well, it wasn’t true, but the same thing can’t be said for your feet when it comes to repetitive activity. If you’re putting continuous stress and impact on certain areas of your foot, you might just end up irritating the tendons that attach your bone to the muscle. Repetitious activities like running, pitching, gardening, raking, and shoveling are some causes of tendonitis.
As you age, your tendons also tend to deteriorate, which puts you at a higher risk for this condition. With older age also comes other conditions that can irritate your tendons, those being rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, and side effects of certain medications.
Athletes often suffer this problem but you can also experience pain if you’re a “weekend warrior.” Sudden increases in activity levels, or infrequent exercise, can cause your tendons to overstretch and tear. It can be something as simple as walking more than you’re used to or helping someone move that triggers injury.
Whatever the cause, call McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, (916) 961-3434, for help with your inflamed tendons.