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    Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy

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What is it?

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As the name suggests, Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy is a condition that is characterised by degeneration of the Tibialis Posterior tendon. This tendon is arguably the most important stabilizer of the human foot, with its main role being to support the structural integrity of the arch. Due to this crucial role, the Tibialis Posterior tendon is subject to high repetitive stresses and in conjunction with certain risk factors, can eventually begin to degenerate or break-down. Although this degeneration can occur anywhere along the tendon, it is most commonly found at its maximum fulcrum point; behind the ankle bone, or its insertion onto the top of the arch, hence the terms insertional and mid-portion Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy.

Why did I get it?

Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy can be caused by many factors & is most commonly seen in the active middle aged population (women > men). Most patients with the condition can often present with many of the following risk factors;

  • Overuse – Sudden increase in activity
  • Acute trauma to tendon
  • Increased weight
  • Poor lower limb/foot biomechanics
  • Incorrect footwear
  • Previous injury to tendon

How is it diagnosed?

A thorough clinical examination will most commonly diagnose Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy. Depending on severity of symptoms, you may be referred for an ultrasound +/- MRI to determine the extent of the degeneration and to make sure there aren’t any tears in the tendon.

Possible treatments:

  • Rest, ice, compression
  • Padding/strapping
  • Footwear advice
  • Custom orthotics
  • Neuromuscular needling
  • Foot Mobilisation
  • Surgery- required when other conservative measures fail.
  • Anti-flammatories

Prognosis:

Prognosis is largely dependent on the grade of Tendinopathy present. Conservative treatments generally produces successful results for many cases, however surgery is sometimes indicated for end stage Tendinopathy.

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