How can I ease the pain caused by tendonitis in the foot? Thanks for any advice.
The initial treatment recommended for foot tendonitis is called the R.I.C.E. method – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Ice should always be wrapped in a towel, not applied directly to the foot. Also, don't leave the ice on your foot for more than 20 minutes at a time. You can apply the ice several times a day, though. You can also take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, like aspirin or ibuprofen, if needed.
If that doesn't help, you really need to see a podiatrist or an orthopaedic specialist. The doctor may recommend special orthotics inserts for your shoes, corticosteroid injections, or in some cases, even surgery.
Here's a link to more info on foot tendonitis, and then some on pain management from our site:
Hall of Shame: Shoes That Cause Pain
What Your Feet Say About Your Health