Extensor tendinopathy is the failed healing response of the tendon to load, resulting in pain on top of the foot.
What is Extensor Tendinopathy?
Extensor tendinopathy is the failed healing process of the extensor tendons that run along the top of the foot. The tendon has an increased rate of matrix remodeling, leading to a mechanically less stable tendon that is more susceptible to damage. Extensor tendinopathy is usually caused by repetitive motions that build up and irritate your tendon. Extensor tendinopathy is common in runners, especially if your shoes fit poorly or are laced up too tight.
Interestingly the same change in an overloaded tendon can also be found in tendons that are chronically underloaded.
What are the causes?
The general cause of a tendinopathy is overuse.
- Tendons rubbing up against your shoes
- Laces done up too tight
- Overuse of the extensor tendons – causes micro trauma, which the normal ability to heal is slow
What are the symptoms of Extensor Tendinopathy?
Symptoms are likely to develop over time but involve:
- Pain on the top of the foot
- Initially pain present at the beginning of activity that resolves once you warm up and reappears after cooling down
- Aching pain, which increases with exercise
- Swelling on top of the foot
- Curling the toes may trigger pain
- Can usually pinpoint the site of pain
What can I do at home?
- Resting the foot and limiting physical activity
- Icing for 10 minutes every hour, reducing the frequency as your symptoms improve
- Wearing well fitting shoes
- Anti-inflammatories if approved by a healthcare provider
How to book an appointment?
If you think that you may be suffering from extensor tendinopathy, or you’re looking for a ‘physiotherapist near me’, our team at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess and diagnose the condition. They will then tailor your treatment plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.
All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.
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