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Tendonitis & Bursitis

Tendonitis can affect any tendon in the body, but when it affects the ankles, it can cause significant pain and discomfort. Left untreated, ankle tendonitis can lead to more serious problems, including ruptured tendons. That's why it's important to seek treatment from a highly-trained foot and ankle specialist near you as soon as possible if you think you may be suffering from this condition.

At Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists, our team of board-certified ankle specialists are proud to provide tendinitis treatment and bursitis treatment near Chicago and surrounding areas. As the second largest foot and ankle practice in Illinois, our physicians are highly trained in the most advanced procedures and technology, and we’re passionate about providing relief that truly lasts.

Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists is now accepting walk-in appointments, and we proudly accept most major insurance providers. If you’re ready to receive treatment from the top tendinitis doctor & specialist near you, reach out and get started with us today.

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Understanding Tendonitis & Bursitis

What’s Tendonitis & Bursitis? Common Signs & Symptoms

Tendonitis and bursitis are two distinct conditions, but both of them are soft tissue conditions that can cause serious pain in the feet and ankles. The difference lies in the location of the inflammation. Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon, while bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa.

Tendonitis can occur in any of the tendons in the feet and ankles, including the peroneal and posterior tibial areas, but it is most common in the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is a strong band of tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. This tendon is used with every step, so it is under a lot of stress and can be susceptible to inflammation.

Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursae. The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between bones and tissues such as tendons and muscles. Bursitis often occurs in the bursae of the heel, which can be very painful.

Some common symptoms of tendonitis include:

Pain that is worse with activity
Stiffness or tenderness in the affected area
Difficulty moving the affected joint
Swelling in the affected area

Some common symptoms of bursitis include:

Pain in the affected area
Swelling in the affected area
Warmth in the affected area
Redness in the affected area

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, don't hesitate to seek treatment from the highly-experienced team at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists. We can help you find relief from your pain and get you back on your feet as soon as possible.

Chronic Foot & Ankle Pain Treatments Near You

Tendonitis & Bursitis Treatment Options

Once symptoms of tendonitis or bursitis begin, it is important to seek medical attention in order to begin treatment and prevent the condition from worsening. If these conditions are left untreated, they can lead to serious problems such as joint damage, deformity, and chronic pain.

At Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists, we offer a variety of advanced treatment options for foot and ankle tendonitis, including:

  • Cortisone Injections: Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication that can be injected directly into the affected area to provide relief from pain and swelling.
  • Bracing: Wearing a brace can help to support the affected area and take some of the stress off of the inflamed tendon or bursa.
  • Custom Orthotics: Custom orthotics are designed to fit your feet specifically and can help to realign the bones and joints in your feet, taking pressure off of the inflamed areas.

If you've been struggling with chronic foot or ankle pain due to a soft tissue injury like tendonitis or bursitis, don't wait any longer to seek treatment. Contact Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists today to schedule a consultation. We'll develop a customized treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

What other advanced therapies do you offer for tendonitis treatment?

At Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle, we’re passionate about utilizing the latest techniques and technology to offer our patients the best outcomes possible following their treatment plan. To learn more about the more advanced treatments we provide for soft tissue conditions of the feet and ankles, visit our Treatments page.

How can I find short term relief for ankle and foot pain?

If your affected area is in non-emergent pain and you’re looking for short-term relief before you visit the doctor, it’s best to try the RICE method:

  • Rest the affected area
  • Ice the affected area
  • Compress the affected muscle
  • Elevate the affected limb

If you’re in extreme pain or have experienced a serious injury, emergency walk-in care is available through Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle, and you should seek treatment as soon as possible.

Do you accept insurance for the treatment of tendonitis?

Yes! Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists is proud to accept insurance from a wide range of providers across the Midwest, including Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and more. You can find our list of accepted providers on our Insurances page, and if you don’t see your provider listed, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable staff to discuss your options.

How can I get started with the best podiatrist near me?

At Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists, we strive to make it as simple as possible to find the relief you deserve. Just use our online scheduling tool to select a time that works for you. We’re also accepting walk-in appointments, so feel free to visit one of our convenient locations near you.