Extensor Tendonitis

Extensor tendonitis in the feet can occur due to overuse, resulting in pain and discomfort. Extensor tendons play crucial roles in the movement of toes but are vulnerable to injuries. Foot extensor tendonitis typically presents as pain on the top of the foot, often affecting one foot more than the other. It can weaken the tendons, affecting toe movement and push-off ability. Common causes of this condition include wearing tight shoes and running excessively. Diagnosis involves having physical exams and, in some cases, imaging tests such as X-rays, ultrasounds, or an MRI. Treatment includes rest, stretching, and strengthening exercises. Steroid injections may be necessary for severe cases, with surgery reserved for rare instances. Recovery times can vary. Proper care and prevention can effectively manage extensor tendonitis, allowing a return to regular activities. If you think you may have this affliction, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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