How do I get rid of tenosynovitis?

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I have been having ongoing problems with my right foot for over a year. It started as Plantar Fasciitis, which I had for a year and seems to have subsided with cortisone shot and stretching. I am now currently dealing with “tenosynovitis” of the postior tibilias tendon (diagnosed w/ MRI). The soreness is located a the mid-point in my arch. When I run on it, it causes ankle stiffness (mostly peroneal tendon, there is also a lot of crepitus). I was wondering what is the best way to rid myself of tenosynovitis. Exercises? Rest-(how long)? Stretching?

Disclaimer: Please note, this reply is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, physical therapist, or other qualified health provider with a medical condition.

Things to Know

  • Tenosynovitis is generally associated with tissue trauma.
  • Tissue trauma may be due to an overuse injury or the result of an acute event.
  • Treatment includes reducing inflammation, manual therapy and strengthening and stretching exercise.

Without doing an examination I am unable to comment specifically on your condition. Generally speaking, tenosynovitis, or inflammation of the tissue surrounding the tendon, is associated with trauma to the tissue. Trauma may be the result of an overuse of the tissue or the result of an acute event which may result in swelling, restricted motion, and associated pain. The primary goal of treatment for tenosynovitis is to reduce inflammation and restore normal function. 

An evaluation performed by a physical therapist would be able to identify the stage of healing your tissue is currently undergoing and limitations in strength and joint function which may be contributing to your ongoing problems. This will guide a treatment program to promote and potentiate healing, which may include the use of modalities, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise to achieve recovery and prevention of further injury. 

If you’re experiencing this or a similar condition, it’s best that you reach out to your local physical therapist for a consultation. To locate a Therapeutic Associates practitioner near you, visit our clinic locator here.

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