What is post-tib tendonitis?
Posterial tibial tendonitis is strain placed on the posterior tibial tendon that connects the calf muscle to bones on the inside of the foot. The main purpose of the tendon is to support the foot arch, so when the tendon is injured or breaks down, it may no longer function to support the arch, resulting in flat feet. This can lead to heel pain, arch pain, plantar fasciitis, or heel spurs. With post-tib tendonitis, pain may be more severe upon weight bearing, especially while walking or running.
What causes post-tib tendonitis?
Post-tib tendonitis occurs when the muscle is overused and the tendon (soft tissue) that connects the muscle to the bone is strained. Years of overpronation (flat feet) can also lead to posterior tibial tendon dysfunction. Continued overuse of the muscle damages the tendon and leads to tendonitis. Initially, pain or swelling may come and go quickly, but over time the problem may become more permanent.
How do you treat and prevent post-tib tendonitis?
Treatment of post-tib tendonitis includes reducing symptoms by limiting activity. Stay off your feet a few days, then slowly increase your activity. Rest allows the tissues in your foot to heal.
Foot orthotics with rearfoot posting and longitudinal arch support are also recommended to reduce strain on the posterial tibial tendon and prevent excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. Orthotics should be designed with materials to comfort the foot and absorb shock.
To prevent post-tib tendonitis from recurring, wear shoes that provide cushioning, support, and shock absorption. Use orthotics with sufficient arch support.
Vary exercise routines to keep one set of muscles from continuous stress.
If the problem persists, consult your doctor. Your Fit Specialist at Stan’s will advise you on appropriate footwear for your condition.
Courtesy of foot.com