Tenosynovitis, the Runners Worst Nightmare
Whether you are getting ready for the next Summer Olympics, a High School track star, or one of millions of New Yorkers who choose to run for leisure than chances are you have met the age old nemesis, tendonitis. According to NYC foot care specialist Dr. Harvey Katz, tendonitis is one of the top repetitive motion injuries and issues affecting New Yorkers, as they are some of the most avid runners in the world. The tendon is a type of fibrous tissue connecting your muscles to the bones, these tendons help control actions such as running, jumping, or in the hands, grasping and lifting. Tendons are essential to movement. The tendons are covered by a special protective sheath layer known as the synovium, this sheath layer produces a fluid designed to keep the tendon well lubricated. When the tendon becomes injured, it often causes malfunction in the outer protective sheath layer. When this occurs, the sheath will cease to produce this special synovial fluid, leaving the tendons unlubricated. And as per Midtown podiatrist and top NYC foot care specialist, Harvey Katz as well as his team at Midtown Foot Care, this causes unparalleled inflammation issues within the tendon sheath, known as tenosynovitis.
Tenosynovitis or tendon sheath inflammation, as described above doesn’t usually occur on its own. It will generally appear over time, due to some form of trauma or another. As a top NYC foot care specialist, Dr. Katz treats a number of professional runners, who compete in both sprint races as well as long-distance running. While running everyday of their lives, these athletes have become amazingly close with the Midtown podiatrist, as they are almost experiencing a constant case of tendonitis. Generally, during flare-ups of tendonitis, despite feeling pain, and discomfort, runners will generally still run. And running with tendonitis can often lead to running slower, or running with much poorer form. As a result of this poor form, they are far more susceptible to stress injuries, as the tendon sheath is already weakened. This makes their chances of tenosynovitis, exponentially higher.
At Midtown Foot Care, while the majority of those patients suffering from tenosynovitis are athletes, the condition is not exclusive to them. In fact, anyone who works a job where they must often repeat a similar motion or movement for long periods of time, will generally experience tendonitis over time, and eventually this will lead to tendon sheath inflammation or tenosynovitis. Some of midtown podiatrist, Harvey Katz, other most frequent patients include, waitresses, teachers, and even a musician. While the first two professions must stand on their feet a great deal, the latter, the musician uses his foot to play the drums during concerts. Even this repetitive step, albeit over the past 20 or so years, has caused tendon sheath inflammation issues. The main causes for tenosynovitis are:
- Repeated-Stress or Movement Activities
- Long Period of Exercise or Activity (like Running)
- Sprains and Strains
- Standing for long periods at a time.
According to the team at Midtown Foot Care, one of the worst parts of tenosynovitis for any runner is the fact that often, when runners experience tenosynovitis or tendon sheath inflammation, it will often return, when a similar activity is performed. In addition, once an individual has suffered from tenosynovitis, they are far more susceptible to overall sprain, strains, and joint issues – possibly causing issues like arthritis years down the line, which can be a huge detriment to their careers as a runner. Other symptoms include:
- Joint Swelling
- Joint Stiffness
- Joint Pain
- Redness & Inflammation of the Area
As the foremost foot care specialist NYC has in practice, Dr. Katz has treated and diagnosed countless cases of tenosynovitis, in both athletes and everyday individuals. And while the initial injury can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, treatment is fairly straightforward. Despite the fact that many runners choose to forego a long recovery period, rest is vital, and Dr. Katz would even recommend patients wear a splint or a brace to keep their foot in place during recovery. In addition, applying hot and cold therapy will reduce inflammation as well as any pain you might feel. Other treatment methods include:
- Massaging the Area
- Ultrasound Treatment
- Stretching and Exercises
- TENS – Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation therapy
Otherwise, Dr. Katz recommends using OTC pain meds, and anti-inflammatory medication, in conjunction with a lot of rest. For more information or to schedule an appointment with top Midtown podiatrist, Dr. Katz, contact Midtown Foot Care today.