In most instances the patient will be able to relate to a specific incident that caused the tendon pain, but many times a patient will come in complaining of pain in a certain part of the foot with no history of trauma or excessive activity.
Typically, a patient will present complaining of specific tenderness in a certain area of the foot.
When we talk about tendinopathies (pathology within tendons) it can be further broken into tendonitis which this discussion covers which implies an acute inflammation of the tendon. In tendinosis there is no inflammation but instead the pain being caused by degeneration of the tendon will not respond to the above treatments.
In theory tendonitis can occur at any tendon but it seems to me over the years people come in with complaints of pain indicative of tendonitis in five places on the foot.
The obvious treatment is to try on your shoes and not wear the ones where the outside of your foot is overhanging the outer side of the sole.
With your knee locked and foot extended attempt to bend your foot up using rope or a towel.

Women who have worn high heels their whole adult lives will find that they have tendonitis pain in the back of the foot when they attempt to wear flats or go barefoot. Along with the usual treatment for tendonitis, an orthotic device to support the arch is very helpful, even mandatory, if the pain is ever to be resolved.
This condition is also known as adult acquired flat foot, also known as posterior tibial dysfunction, because as the tendon continues to weaken, the foot continues to further flatten.
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