This is a condition that affects the foot and ankle. It occurs when the posterior tibial tendon is torn or becomes irritated and inflamed. Tendons are what attach bones to muscle, and this specific muscle attaches to bones on the lower side of the foot. This condition affects mainly women and in people older than 40 years of age.
People who play in high energy sports can also fall victim to this condition as their tendons are more likely to tear or be injured.
The tendon can tear or get inflamed for several reasons. One is due to overuse. As mentioned earlier, people in high energy demanding games like soccer, rugby and basketball at times fall prey to this.
Minor accidents like falling can also cause the posterior tibial tendon to either be inflamed or tear. Once the tendon is inflamed, the arch in the ankle minimises.
Some of the standard tests for flatfoot are
Stage 1: Inflammation or tendon damage.
Stage 2: Tendon becomes longer, weaker. The arch at the ankle flattens, and patients at this stage cannot do a single heel stand.
Stage 3/4: Partial or full tendon rupture leading to permanent damage.
If all else fails and symptoms persist, surgery may be an option; however, this depends on the extent of damage to the tendon.
Cleaning the tendon. This method is useful when the damage is not as major, and the foot’s shape is still the same. The surgeon removes the inflamed material from the foot.What is Tibialis Posterior DysfunctionExercises to manage Tibialis Posterior Dysfunction
Ensure you are not worsening it by seeking treatment as soon as possible.
Conservative measures can help treat this condition when detected early.
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