What could be my problem?
Extensor Tendinitis is Inflammation or irritation of the tendons that pull the toes up, usually from repeated friction or compression from a poorly fitting shoe.
What causes Extensor Tendinitis?
- Improper footwear
- Spending long periods of time on your feet
- Walking or running on uneven surfaces or up and down hills
- Lacing shoes too tightly
- Calf tightness
- High foot arches
- Flat feet
- Foot injury
When to see a podiatrist (foot specialist) about Extensor Tendinitis:
- Top of foot pain that gets worse with activity
- Painful to wear shoes
- Daily activities are limited due to foot pain
- Visible swelling and bruising across the top of the foot
What are my treatment options for Extensor Tendinitis?
- Ice/cold wrap
- Nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs
- Physical therapy
- Corticosteroid injection therapy
- Custom orthotics
If rest and conservative treatment fail to treat the symptoms, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to correct bony spurring that could be rubbing or cutting into the tendon.