Foot tendonitis tends to be caused by overuse of a tendon from a repetitive action of some kind. Irritation of the tendon tends to be more prevalent as we age because our tendons lose some of their elasticity. In most cases of foot tendonitis, a patient will recall a specific incident that caused the tendon pain. Treatment of foot tendonitis may include limiting physical activities, taking an anti-inflammatory, icing the area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, and immobilizing the foot by either wrapping the foot with an ace bandage or casting the foot in more severe cases. Self-massage with heating cream or oil may also help.
Foot tendonitis can be prevented by properly warming up and stretching all foot muscles, wearing the right shoes for the intended physical activity, choosing shoes with good arch and heel support, and varying your exercise route and routine to keep one set of muscles from being overstressed.