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How do you treat tendon injuries?

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Options for treating tendon injuries are similar to options for treating sprains. They include:

  • Immobilization using a cast or splint
  • Oral or injected anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain
  • Physical therapy for range of motion, strength, and balance
  • A brace to provide support during activities
  • Surgery to repair the tendon or tendons and sometimes to repair the supporting structures of the foot

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Ankle Fractures."

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: "Ankle Sprains: How to Speed Your Recovery."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Ankle Sprains: Healing and Preventing Injury."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle."

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: "Peroneal Tendon Injuries."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sprains and Strains.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 18, 2016

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Ankle Fractures."

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: "Ankle Sprains: How to Speed Your Recovery."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Ankle Sprains: Healing and Preventing Injury."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle."

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons: "Peroneal Tendon Injuries."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sprains and Strains.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 18, 2016

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