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Foods to Avoid with Calcific Tendonitis

foods to avoid with calcific tendonitis

Calcific tendonitis is a condition that causes severe pain and limited mobility in the muscles and tendons. The causes of calcific tendonitis include the buildup of calcium deposits in the tendons, which causes inflammation and pain.

Does calcific tendonitis go away on its own? There are a few effective treatments for calcific tendonitis, such as chiropractic care and physiotherapy. However, utilizing a dietitian or naturopathic doctor will help you in choosing the right foods to eat which can be equally important for alleviating the symptoms of this condition. In this blog post, we will discuss certain foods that you should avoid if you have calcific tendonitis.

Processed Foods:

Processed foods contain harmful additives like sugar, salt, and preservatives that can trigger inflammation in your body. These foods cause spikes in your blood sugar levels leading to inflammation and weakening of the immune system. So, it’s best to avoid processed foods like deli meats, frozen meals, and snack foods.

Fried Foods:

Fried foods like french fries, fried chicken, and processed chicken nuggets can lead to chronic inflammation in your body. These foods contain trans fats that contribute to the development of calcific tendonitis, joint pain, and other inflammatory conditions. Instead, opt for grilled or baked options when possible.


Sugar-sweetened drinks and processed foods contain high amounts of added sugar, which can worsen inflammation in your body. Moreover, sugary drinks like soda and fruit juices can cause spikes in your blood sugar levels, contributing to joint pain and calcific tendonitis. Substitute these sugary drinks and foods with natural sweeteners such as honey or fruit.

Calcific tendonitis can be a chronic and painful condition, but by avoiding certain foods, you can manage your symptoms. Processed foods, dairy products (if sensitive), fried foods, and sugary drinks and foods can all exacerbate inflammation and worsen your condition, and avoiding them can be helpful.

However, it’s important to remember that a healthy diet isn’t the only solution for calcific tendonitis. To learn about other options, you can read our posts on How Massage Therapy Can Help Relieve Calcific Tendonitis Pain, Understanding Calcific Tendonitis: How Chiropractic Care Can Help, and Understanding Calcific Tendonitis and How Physiotherapy Can Help.

You should also consult with a your chiropractor or physiotherapist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. By combining a healthy diet with professional care, you can achieve optimal results and lead a healthy life.

If you have any questions or would like to explore naturopathic medicine  further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Dr. Michael Torreiter, ND, CFMP, or another Waterloo Naturopath at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

Michael Torreiter, ND, CFMP

Michael Torreiter, ND, CFMP

Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Michael Torreiter is a Naturopathic Doctor at CARESPACE. He obtained his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine designation at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto in 2005, worked at Healing Path for 13 years, and moved to CARESPACE in 2019. About half of Dr. Michael’s practice is focused on Precision Nutrition — a comprehensive weight management and lifestyle program that helps people lose weight, gain weight or just improve their diet. In addition, he treats a variety of conditions including digestive concerns, stress and anxiety, hormonal imbalance and men’s health. As well as being certified in Precision Nutrition, Dr. Michael has completed a Mind/Body Medicine Certification from Harvard Medical School and a certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation at the University of Toronto. He offers nutrition talks at the Running Room on a regular basis.

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