Home Remedies for Foot Tendonitis

Foot tendonitis means inflammation and irritation of the tendons of the foot. A tendon is the band of fibrous tissue that attaches muscle to bone. Foot tendonitis is often painful and can become a serious problem if it recurs persistently.

It is caused by excessive strain on the foot area, which can be due to a variety of activities including running, walking or doing a job that requires excessive standing. Other contributing factors are poorly fitted shoes, bone spurs, aging, obesity and diabetes.

Symptoms of food tendonitis include sharp pain, tenderness, inflammation, swelling, restricted movement and weakness in the leg.

If you are experiencing symptoms of food tendonitis, it is important to see your doctor for proper treatment. There are also a few things that you can do at home to deal with this problem.

home remedies for foot tendonitis

Here are the top 10 home remedies for foot tendonitis.

1. Ice Pack

Applying an ice pack on the affected area will greatly help reduce inflammation and pain associated with foot tendonitis. If you do not have ice, you can also use a bag of frozen vegetables or a cold spoon.

  1. Put some crushed ice in a plastic bag, and wrap the bag in a thin cotton towel.
  2. Place this cold pack on the inflamed area for about 15 minutes.
  3. Repeat this process a few times daily.

2. Olive Oil

Massaging your foot with olive oil can give you much relief from the pain and inflammation caused by foot tendonitis. It will also stimulate blood flow in and around the affected muscles. Apart from olive oil, you can also use sesame oil or mustard oil.

  1. Heat some olive oil until warm.
  2. Gently massage your foot with the warm oil for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Do this daily until the pain subsides.

3. Epsom Salt

Another simple way to treat foot tendonitis is to soak your foot in warm water mixed with Epsom salt. The heat of the warm water will have a wonderful healing effect on your foot, while the magnesium sulfate present in Epsom salt will provide magnesium to the body (it will be absorbed through the skin) and aid in healing the muscles and connective tissues; tendon is a type of connective tissue.

It will also promote relaxation and detoxification.

  • Mix one-half cup of Epsom salt in a small tub filled with warm water and stir until the salt is dissolved. Soak your foot in this warm water for up to one hour. Repeat this remedy two to three times a week for a few weeks.
  • Another option is to mix two tablespoons of Epsom salt in one cup of warm water. Soak a washcloth in this solution and place it on your foot as a compress for 15 to 20 minutes. You can do this daily until you are satisfied with the results.

Epsom salt can cause dryness, so apply some moisturizer on your foot after following either of these remedies.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is another effective home remedy for tendonitis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Regular consumption of apple cider vinegar is also good for your overall health.

  1. Add two teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water.
  2. Mix in one teaspoon of honey.
  3. Drink this solution two to three times daily.

5. Vinegar Wraps

Alternating hot and cold vinegar wraps can help get rid of pain and inflammation caused by foot tendonitis as the heat treatment will reduce pain pain and relax sore muscles and the cold treatment will decrease inflammation. Vinegar, too, will work as an anti-inflammatory agent.

  1. Mix equal amounts of white vinegar and water and heat it in a large pan.
  2. In a separate pan or bowl, mix equal parts of vinegar and cold water.
  3. Soak a towel in the hot mixture, wring it out and wrap it around your foot for five to 10 minutes.
  4. Then soak the towel in the cold mixture and follow the same procedure.
  5. Repeat the sequence three times.
  6. Apply some moisturizer afterwards.

6. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is a rich source of a chemical known as capsaicin, a natural pain reliever. The warming effect of cayenne pepper is also very soothing.

  1. Mix two tablespoons of cayenne pepper in one-half cup of warm olive oil.
  2. Apply this mixture on the affected area and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off.
  3. Do this a few times daily the condition improves.

Note: Do not apply cayenne pepper on open skin or wounds.




  1. Geoffrey Ruddick April 29, 2013, 5:04 am

    Brilliant thank you so much this has helped my wife so much

  2. Brenda Tobias Rheams August 22, 2013, 11:27 pm

    I will try these remedies and let you know how it works.

  3. Nettie Martinez May 26, 2014, 10:44 pm

    I have been suffering with foot and ankle pain due to tendonitis. I have already seen a foot doctor . Iam willing to try this remedies . I’am on my feet on day long and work long hours So thanks for your help.

  4. Great ideas will try some of them

  5. okoy i try it thanks for the tip

  6. I used the Cayenne pepper mixed with remedy n yes it helped. Thx

  7. I used the Cayenne pepper mixed with warm olive oil remedy n yes it helped. Thx

  8. Tulip
    I like your traditional home remedies.

  9. Thank you for these remedies. My tendonitis is just another complication of an accident that occurred over 20 years ago. It’s just another annoyance! So I look to holistic ways to help rather than pain meds.

  10. Thanks to top 10 Home remedies ,it should be called No.1 in top ten. IT REMINDS US Remedy as suggested by Grand Mom & Pop in childhood. I FOLLOW IT AS ADVICE BY MY DOC.

  11. NY SportsMed & Physical Therapy August 3, 2015, 4:41 pm

    Great tips! The cayenne pepper as well as the olive oil can particularly be very effective as pain relievers for foot injuries. However, for more severe injuries professional help is necessary in order to be effective. Also, for all foot injuries the RICE techniques is a must. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation

  12. I have to try these my feet very painfull thanks

  13. thanks to great tips & remedies. I will try these my feet very painful .okey I trry it thanks


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