Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon, Tendons transmit the forces of muscle to the skeleton. As such, they are subjected to repeated mechanical loads, which are felt to be a major causative factor in the development of tendinopathy. Pathologic findings include tendon inflammation, mucoid degeneration, and fibrinoid necrosis in tendons. Microtearing and proliferation of fibroblasts have also been reported. However, the exact pathogenesis of tendinopathy is unclear.
Since January 2008, our Orthopaedic surgeons have performed about 20 foot and ankle tendon endoscopies. For patients who are reluctant to undergo open surgery, and for others who have certain health risks, such as smokers and diabetics, tendon endoscopy and radiofrequency treatment provides a minimally invasive option for treating ankle pain with excellent results.