What are the treatments for swollen foot tendons?

Updated April 17, 2017

Swollen foot tendons can be caused by obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or even overuse of the foot, according to A number of conditions can cause swollen foot tendons, including tendinitis in the Achilles heel, posterior tibial tendon or other tendons in the foot. Treatments usually include rest, immobilisation, foot support, ice, medication and exercise.


Rest swollen foot tendons for a while by staying off the feet. A doctor may recommend the use of a boot to limit movement or even orthotics (shoe inserts), which can relieve tension on certain areas of the foot. If you have problems with obesity or diabetes, special diets may help alleviate symptoms.

Types of Treatment

Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen can help relieve swelling and pain from foot tendinitis and other similar conditions.

Other Types of Treatment

Ice is usually recommended early on to help reduce swelling and inflammation.

Effects of Exercise

Doctors usually encourage people with swollen tendons to exercise once the initial inflammation is under control. Various stretching exercises as well as walking can help relieve stress on the tendon, according to


Ice should never be applied directly against the skin. Also, always see a doctor for a proper diagnosis as there are many conditions that can cause swollen foot tendons.

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