Seeking treatment for your foot pain can be overwhelming, and you may have many questions for us about your particular ailment and treatment options. Here, we share answers for the questions we are asked most about medical care for ankles, feet, and lower legs.
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How long does it take for tendons to heal?
Tendon healing time depends on your specific injury. Tendinitis involves the inflow of white blood cells in an area following trauma, which causes warmth, inflammation, and pain. It is fairly rare, but you are likely to recover quickly with proper treatment and see improvement in a couple of weeks or so.
Tendinosis is the result of repeated overuse and causes changes in the makeup of the fibers of the tendon due to an abnormal buildup of protein. This type of injury takes longer to heal—three to six months is common. If the tendon is torn or needs surgery, expect even more time for your tendon injury to heal.
Recovery requires rest, but not total inactivity. Try alternative movements that don’t stress the tissue (biking instead of running, for example). Certain exercises may also help to strengthen the tendons (like heel drops for your Achilles).
Be patient. Take the time you need to heal, because re-injury is common when healing is not complete. Call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for evaluation or treatment of your tendon injury. Reach us in Gilbert, AZ at (480) 981-1800, or in Chandler at (480) 963-9000.