Levaquin and tendons

Question

Sorry, I thought I was asking the following question: About 2 months ago I was on a 7 day presc for Levaquin. I started having pain in outside of right foot whenever I stood on it. To the point that I had to use my walker again (had knee replacement surgery Oct29,09). Is it possible the Levaquin has caused this tendon problem. It is in the outside of my rt ankle & very painful to walk on. Thanks

Answer

HI Barb,

Levaquin has been associated with rupture of tendons.  With pain symptoms only, there are many potential causes of that from trauma to strain.  When pain persists for more than a few weeks, an orthopedic consultation is in order.

Joan Bathon, M.D.

About Joan Bathon, M.D.

Dr. Bathon was a Co-Deputy Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Hopkins Bayview. She was also the founder and director of the Hopkins Arthritis Center.