Muscle and Tendon Problems in Feet
What are Muscle and Tendon Problems in Feet?
With 33 joints and over 100 muscles and tendons in your feet, problems and injuries are bound to crop up for a variety of reasons. Some common foot problems that include muscles and tendons include:
- fallen arches
- strained muscles in your arches
- equinus—Achilles tendon tightness that leads to the inability to bend your foot upwards
- ganglion cysts
- Haglund's Deformity—causes a bony enlargement in the back of the heel bone that can lead to blisters and heel pain
What Are the Causes of Muscle and Tendon Problems in Your Feet?
Muscle and tendon problems in your feet can occur due to repeated overuse due to lifestyle or work environments. Athletes, such as football, basketball, and volleyball players, and those patients that are physically active are more prone to injuries involving your feet, muscles, and tendons.
Incorrect posture and walking or working out on uneven surfaces can also lead to chronic foot problems. Fallen arches, most commonly known as flat feet, cause plantar fasciitis, which results in the inflammation of the fascia.
What Are the Symptoms of Muscle and Tendon Problems in Your Feet?
Problems in the muscles and tendons of your feet can lead to:
- muscle pain
- inability to bear weight or walk on one or both your feet
- tenderness and swelling
- limited movement
- repetitive and chronic injury
What to Expect During Muscle and Tendon Problem Treatment at the Podiatrist
A podiatric physician is best equipped to examine and diagnose your feet's muscle and tendon problems. If you experience chronic foot problems, scheduling regular checkups will help not only improve your overall wellness and quality of life but keep your feet healthy and prevent worsening of symptoms.
Podiatry appointments begin with comprehensive questions to determine your current health, including your diet, lifestyle, and activity levels, as well as any medication you may be taking. From there, your podiatrist will conduct a physical foot exam to help diagnose your muscle and tendon injury. X-rays, MRIs, and ultrasounds are also common to help determine the severity and extent of your foot problem.
Depending on the symptoms and injury, your podiatrist will prescribe a treatment plan that can include:
- follow RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevate) to reduce swelling and inflammation for minor foot problems
- rest and keep weight off your injured foot
- use of NSAIDs and other analgesics
- physical therapy