Our tendons are the strong bands of connective tissue that attach our muscles to bone. When they become acutely inflamed and painful, usually from overuse, disease or infection, this is called tendonitis.
Common sites for tendonitis in the lower limb include the quadriceps tendon at the front of the knee and the Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle; however it can occur in any of the tendons that cross the ankle and foot.
Tendonitis is usually diagnosed through taking a thorough medical history, physical examination and sometimes through an ultrasound investigation. Treatment plans are often aimed at tissue-specific stretching and strengthening, and correction of biomechanical, environmental or pathological causes.