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Tendon Injuries

Michael  J. Brunetti, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Michael J. Brunetti, DPM

Podiatrist & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Around 30% of all people get a tendon injury at some point in their lives, many of which happen when you play sports or make repetitive movements in your occupation. If you notice pain, swelling, or tenderness near a joint, Michael J. Brunetti, DPM, PC, and his skilled podiatric team can find out if you have a tendon injury and design a custom, non-operative treatment plan to get you back into motion. To book an appointment, call the office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, or use the convenient online scheduling feature today. Remember, your feet are your foundation!

Tendon Injuries Q & A


What are tendon injuries?

Your tendons are fibrous bands of tissue that connect your muscles to your bones. You have many tendons throughout your body, but you’re most likely to get a tendon injury on a tendon near a joint. Tendon injuries often occur at your ankles, elbows, shoulders, knees, and toe joints. 

In most cases, a tendon injury doesn’t happen all at once. It might feel like an acute injury because of the sudden and severe onset of pain, but your tendon likely accumulated many little tears over time and eventually became inflamed. You might have a tendon injury if you notice pain, tenderness, swelling, stiffness, or warmth near a joint.


What are some common types of tendon injuries?

Achilles tendonitis  

Achilles tendonitis is a tendon injury affecting the tendon connecting your heel bone to your calf muscles. It often occurs in runners and other athletes who use the tendon frequently in their sport. 

Posterior tibial tendonitis

Posterior tibial tendonitis is a tendon injury affecting one of the tendons on your inner ankle. These tendons can have trouble getting the blood supply they need, so they’re prone to injuries and slow healing. 

Peroneal tendonitis

Peroneal tendonitis is an overuse tendon injury occurring on the outer side of your ankle. You’re more likely to get peroneal tendonitis if you run along the sides of hills or if you play sports involving complex footwork, like ballet or soccer. 

Extensor tendonitis  

Extensor tendonitis is a tendon injury that affects the tendons on the top of your foot. This type of tendon injury is a very common overuse injury and is seen in both athletics and everyday activites (daily walks, running).   


What are my treatment options for tendon injuries?

Dr. Brunetti works with you one-on-one to develop a customized treatment plan for your tendon injury. Depending on the details regarding your injury and certain health and lifestyle factors, Dr. Brunetti selects one or more of the following treatments for customized treatment plan:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical Therapy: 
    • Cold laser therapy
    • Massage
    • Manual therapy
    • Therapeutic exercises
    • Balancing exercises
    • Neuromuscular reeducation
    • Taping 

The team at Michael J. Brunetti, DPM, PC has had great success in the conservative, non-operative treatment of all tendon injuries. 

For more information about tendon injuries and treatments for them, call Michael J. Brunetti, DPM, PC, or request an appointment online today.