Treating Tendonitis of the Foot

Your healthcare provider’s first concern is to reduce your symptoms. Using ice and heat, taking medicines, and limiting activity help control pain and swelling. Follow all of your healthcare provider’s instructions. Returning to activity too soon may cause your symptoms to come back.

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Ice and heat

Ice helps prevent swelling and reduce pain. Place ice on the painful area for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat the icing several times a day. If you have had the problem for a while, using heat may help. Apply a heating pad or hot towels to the tendon for 20 to 30 minutes 2 or 3 times a day.


Your healthcare provider may tell you to take ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medicines. These reduce pain and swelling. Take them as directed. Don’t wait until you feel pain. In more severe cases, cortisone may be injected to relieve pain.

Limiting activities

Rest allows the tissues in your foot to heal. Stay off your feet for a few days, then slowly work back into activity. If you do high-impact activities, such as running or aerobics, try other activities that place less strain on your foot. Cycling and swimming are good choices.


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