Tendinitis Specialist

Gerald Austin, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in San Jose, CA

Each year, more than 70,000 Americans miss at least one day of work due to tendinitis. Though common, without professional treatment, tendinitis can affect your mobility and quality of life. Experienced podiatrist Gerald D. Austin, DPM, uses cutting-edge treatments, including PRP and amniotic fluid injections to manage tendinitis at his practice in San Jose, California. To make an appointment, call the office or click the online booking tool today.

Tendinitis Q&A

What is tendinitis?

Tendinitis is a common overuse injury that causes one (or several tendons) –– fibrous tissues that connect muscle to bone –– to become irritated and inflamed. When left untreated, the condition results in acute pain, decreased mobility, and limited range of motion.

Tendinitis can develop anywhere in the body, but it’s especially common in the lower extremities, including the knees, ankles, and heels. 

What are the symptoms of tendinitis?

Common symptoms of tendinitis include:

  • Pain that worsens during movement
  • Difficulty moving the affected joint
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Red, irritated skin

If you have tendinitis, you might also experience a clicking or popping sensation when you try to stand up or take a step.

Who is at risk of experiencing tendinitis?

Tendinitis affects people of all ages and genders, but several factors may increase your risk, including playing sports or working a physically demanding job that involves repetitive motions. 

Other factors that increase the risk of tendinitis include being middle-aged or older, experiencing a sports or work-related injury, or having an underlying medical condition like rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes.

How is tendinitis diagnosed?

To diagnose tendinitis, Dr. Austin reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms, including when they first started, if they’re the result of an injury, and if you take any prescription medication or nutritional supplements.

Then, he physically examines your feet and ankles, gently pressing on them to pinpoint areas of swelling, tenderness, or warmth. He might also ask you to walk around the exam room or perform a series of easy exercises to observe your gait and posture.

If these steps don’t provide enough insight, he orders diagnostic imaging like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. These tools provide detailed images of the bones and soft tissues in your feet and help Dr. Austin determine the source of your discomfort.

How is tendinitis treated?

Treatment of tendinitis depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Whenever possible, Dr. Austin recommends conservative, noninvasive measures, including:

  • Resting and elevating the tendon
  • Applying heat or ice
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication
  • Wrapping the tendon to ease swelling
  • Doing stretches that strengthen and mobilize the tendon

If these measures don’t provide adequate relief, more invasive treatments like PRP injections, amniotic fluid injections, or surgical intervention may be necessary. 

To learn more about the treatment of tendinitis, make an appointment at the practice of Gerald D. Austin, DPM, by calling the office to speak with a caring administrative staff member, or by clicking the online booking tool.