The doctor will ask about your symptoms, health history, and the sports that you do. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the foot and ankle. This may be enough to suspect the injury.
Images of your foot and ankle may be taken to confirm the injury. This can be done with:
- MRI scan
The goal is to ease pain, improve motion, and stop or slow the problem from getting worse. This may be done with:
- Ice, rest, and medicine to ease pain and swelling
- Exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the foot and ankle
- An ankle support or brace to keep the foot and ankle from moving
Some people may need surgery to repair the tendon when other methods do not help.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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