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Tendon Disorders

Tendon Disorders

Tendon Disorders services offered in Austin, Lakeway and Cedar Park, TX

Tendon disorders can cause significant discomfort and impair your mobility, range of motion, and flexibility. If pain, swelling, and stiffness affect your quality of life, board-certified orthopedic surgeons Pedro E. Cosculluela, MD, and Andrew M. Ebert, MD, can help at Austin Foot & Ankle Institute, with two locations in Austin, Lakeway and Cedar Park, Texas. They specialize in providing comprehensive care for tendon disorders affecting the feet and ankles. Call your nearest location today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Tendon Disorders Q & A

What are tendon disorders?

Tendon disorders affect the flexible tissues that connect muscle to bone. While these disorders can affect any tendons, they’re particularly common in areas that endure repetitive stress, such as the lower legs, ankles, and feet. Without treatment, tendon disorders can lead to foot and ankle instability, pain, and soreness that don’t resolve with rest. 

Dr. Cosculluela and Dr. Ebert specialize in caring for multiple tendon disorders. After a comprehensive evaluation, they can develop a personalized treatment plan to manage your symptoms, prevent further damage, and get you back on your feet as quickly and safely as possible.

Are there different types of tendon disorders?

Dr. Cosculluela and Dr. Ebert diagnoses and treat many types of tendon disorders at Austin Foot & Ankle Institute, such as:

Peroneal tendon disorders

Peroneal tendon disorders affect the tendons that run along the outer ankle bone. The peroneal tendons stabilize the foot and ankle. Damage to these tendons can cause pain and destabilize the ankle. The most common types of peroneal tendon disorders are tendonitis (inflammation), subluxation (partial dislocation), or a complete tear.

Anterior tibial tendon disorders

Anterior tibial tendon disorders develop in the tendon that helps lift the foot during walking. These disorders can cause pain and weakness in the front of the ankle, making it difficult to walk and climb stairs.

Posterior tibial tendon disorders

Posterior tibial tendon disorders occur in the tendon that supports the arch of the foot. They can cause pain, swelling, and a flattening of the arch of the foot, leading to instability and difficulty walking.

How are tendon disorders diagnosed?

If your doctor suspects you have a tendon disorder, they review your medical and family history and performs a complete physical exam. They check for signs of inflammation and tenderness and evaluates the way you walk. They may also order imaging tests, such as X-rays, ultrasounds, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

How are tendon disorders treated?

How your doctor treats your tendon disorder depends on the type. The most effective treatments for tendon disorders typically include:

  • R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Immobilization (bracing, casting, or splinting)
  • Antiinflammatory medications
  • Custom-made orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

Don't let tendon disorders keep you from living your life to the fullest. If you're experiencing pain, swelling, or limited mobility in your feet or ankles, don't hesitate to call Austin Foot & Ankle Institute today or schedule an appointment online

In addition to performing a thorough history and physical examination, we will obtain new radiographs of the foot and/or ankle during your visit. If radiographs have already been done, our physicians will review those radiographs and any additional studies - MRI, CT, bone scans, etc - that are available through our PACS access to local facilities. We also offer durable medical equipment - braces, boots, OTC casts - at the office. We have relationships with local orthotic and prosthetic shops for those who need more specialized bracing and orthotic care. Additional services include diagnostic and therapeutic injections with steroids, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and other stem cell preparations.