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chmunroe posted:
My husband is 26 and currently in Afghanistan. A couple of weeks ago he was diagnosed with tendonitis in his feet although he didn't recall doing any strenuous activity or trauma that could've caused the condition. He tells me one foot is worse than the other and has wrapped that in an ace bandage. The swelling and redness has spread to his knees which has caused him to limp and take shorter strides. The medic over there said it could spread to his hips as well. He has recently started wearing a back brace because of the pain when walking. They have given him anti-inflammatory pills and told him to ice the areas. Is there anything else he can do to prevent the spread? Is it possible this is something other than tendonitis?
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David Berkoff, MD responded:
Tendonitis is not an infectious condition and thus does not typically spread as you have described. There are patients with rheumatologic conditions that can have diffuse tendinopathy but this does not sound like what he has. He may just have a conglomeration of overuse injuries from whatever his is doing in Afganistan. Anti-inflammatory medications are a good start and will help with his pain. If he has redness and swelling he need to get properly evaluated to make sure this is really tendonitis.
 
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chmunroe replied to David Berkoff, MD's response:
Thank you for your response.


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