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What is the extensor tendonitis foot?


The extensor tendons in the foot are the small muscles present in the front of the leg. There are 2 types of extensor muscle: extensor digitorumlongus muscle (EDL) and extensor hallucis longus muscle (EHL). The tendons in these muscles attach the muscles at the front of the legs to the toes and it runs across the top of the feet with a very little padding in order to protect them from the injuries and of course, the tendons have a very important role. 

The extensor tendonitis foot is an inflammation and pain of the foot tendons which mainly occur due to the overstress of the tendons. Say for example if you wear too tight shoes or if you spend too much time on your feet, it may cause extensor tendonitis.

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How do you know if you have extensor tendonitis foot?

The main symptom of the extensor tendonitis on foot is the pain on the top of the foot which usually occurs around the midpoint of the top of the foot. Often it is affected on only one foot, but sometimes it may also occur on both the feet. The pain may gradually get even worse by continuously doing the activities with the injured tendons. The tendons can also become weaker which may result in affecting your ability to move your toes like when you run, jump or dance. 

The following are the major symptoms of the extensor tendonitis foot:

  • Pain on the top(dorsal) of the foot
  • Pain getting worse with activities
  • Some crackling noise in the affected area.
  • Redness, swelling, or warmth.
  • Stiffness of the joint.

What is the treatment for extensor tendonitis foot?

extensor tendonitis foot

Resting is the first recommended treatment for the extensor tendonitis on the foot, and with this, you can reduce the amount of time spending on your feet. Icing the affected area for about 20 minute periods a few times in a day also may ease the symptoms of inflammation. However, it is suggested to apply ice on the affected area immediately after the activity which causes pain. 

You can also try some foot extensor tendonitis exercises which typically focus on regaining tendon strength and flexibility. You can start doing these exercises with gentle stretches like rotating the foot in clockwise or anticlockwise directions or simply just raising the foot up and down gently. You can also try some other simple activities like marble or towel pickups which involve picking up the towel or marbles with your toes. 

Another exercise you can try is the toe raise, point, and curl – means raise the foot like if you were tip-toeing, then point your foot and curl it for about 5 seconds each. Note that you have to repeat this process for at least 10 times. You can also try repeated toe rising which you can do either by sitting or standing. 

If tendonitis is quite severe, these exercises may trigger pain and so you must not stretch to a point of pain. You can also switch to different exercises if you experience it continuously. 

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