Tendinitis of the Lower Extremities

What is Tendinitis?

Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon- a thick fibrous cord that attaches the muscle to bone.

While tendinitis can occur in any of your tendons, tendinitis in the lower extremities include your knees and ankles.

Common types of tendinitis include: Achilles tendinitis, posterior tibial tendinitis, peroneal tendinitis & patellar tendinitis (patella or knee area).

Causes & Symptoms:

Tendinitis can result from over-use of the tendon or improper stretching.

Symptoms include immediate pain when using the tendon and sometimes swelling at the site.


Treatment can begin at home with rest and ice. Stay off your leg or foot as much as possible and ice the area for 15 minutes, up to four times a day.

If the pain does not reside after rest and ice, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. They will ask you a series of questions about your activity and discomfort. They may request X-rays or an MRI depending upon your case.

Treatment by your podiatrist will focus on relieving and preventing future pain. The use of a foot boot to reduce mobility may be in order. They may recommend custom orthotics for your shoes to reduce rolling of the ankle or have you perform specific stretching exercises to increase tendon elasticity.

Do not let tendon pain go ignored. Seek medical attention if pain persists or worsens. Our office is open Monday through Friday and we can be reached at (707)578-1222.