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Podiatry

Tendonitis

How is tendonitis diagnosed?

Diagnosis of tendonitis is usually confirmed based on a complete medical history and physical examination. Tendonitis is often diagnosed after other diagnostic tests have been completed to rule out other conditions or diseases. Joint aspirations may help to rule out gout or an infection, while X-rays may help to rule out arthritis (although tendons cannot be seen on an X-ray).

Treatment for tendonitis

Specific treatment for tendonitis will be determined by Dr. Anderson based on:

  • Your age, overall health, and medical history
  • Extent of the condition
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, and therapies
  • Expectation for the course of the disease
  • Specific organs that are affected
  • Your opinion or preference

Treatment may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Ice
  • Splinting or immobilization
  • Steroid injections
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Surgery

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