Posterior Tibial Tendonitis


Posterior Tibial Tendonitis, which runs along the foot and inside the ankle, develops due to overuse or strain. When this tendon fails to perform correctly, additional foot disorders such as arch pain, heel pain, heel spurs, fallen arches (flat feet) or even plantar fasciitis can develop.

Strain results in swelling and inflammation of the Posterior Tibial Tendon with moderate to severe pain in the instep area of the foot. In rare cases, the tendon can rupture which causes gross over-pronation, an inward rolling of the foot at the ankle which results in foot imbalance and instability.

While overuse and strain can cause the disorder, flat feet can also be a root cause. Over-pronation caused by the misalignment of the foot adds to the stress on the tendon. Over time, the tendon weakens and tendonitis sets in.

During initial development, inflammation and pain may appear and disappear quickly with little rest. However, if left untreated and the causing activity is continued, the Post Tibial Tendonitis worsens and pain associated with swelling and inflammation becomes constant.

Treatment depends on the severity of the injury. For beginning stages, rest, ice packs and mild medication such as ibuprofen to reduce swelling and inflammation, refrain from activities that cause the condition Orthotic Arch Supports are available at reasonable prices.

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