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What is Posterior Tibial Tendonitis?

 

Posterior tibial tendonitis is a condition that occurs when the posterior tibial tendon, a tendon that runs along the inside of the ankle and foot and helps to support the arch of the foot, becomes inflamed. This can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty walking or standing on the affected foot.

Symptoms of posterior tibial tendonitis may include:

  • Pain along the inside of the ankle and foot, especially when walking or standing

  • Swelling in the ankle and foot

  • Redness and warmth in the ankle and foot

  • Difficulty standing on the toes of the affected foot

Podiatrists, or doctors who specialize in the treatment of foot and ankle conditions, typically treat posterior tibial tendonitis with a combination of rest, physical therapy, and medication. Therapy may involve stretches and exercises to help improve the range of motion in the ankle and foot, as well as to strengthen the muscles in the affected area. Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids may be used to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.

In some cases, a podiatrist may recommend wearing a custom-made orthotic device, such as a foot brace or insole, to help support the arch of the foot and reduce strain on the posterior tibial tendon. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to repair or reconstruct the damaged tendon.

If you are experiencing symptoms of posterior tibial tendonitis, it is important to consult a podiatrist or other healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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