Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction

Explore How We Can Assist in Alleviating Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD).

The posterior tibial tendon, a crucial support structure in the foot, aids in walking and other foot movements. When this tendon is affected by injury or other issues, it results in posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), leading to changes in the foot's arch support and often causing flat feet.

Understanding PTTD
PTTD, also known as "adult acquired flatfoot," typically manifests in one foot, gradually causing arch flattening. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to managing this progressive condition effectively.

Causes and Risk Factors
PTTD may stem from chronic overuse, acute injuries, or underlying health conditions like hypertension or diabetes. Women and adults over forty are at higher risk, as are individuals with obesity or engaged in high-intensity sports.

Identifying PTTD Symptoms
Common symptoms include pain along the foot and ankle's back and inside, swelling, discomfort exacerbated by specific movements, difficulty walking for extended periods, and foot or ankle weakness.

Diagnosing PTTD
A podiatrist conducts a comprehensive examination, observing foot shape changes and signs of swelling. Additional tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs help assess tendon damage and rule out arthritis.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options
Non-surgical approaches aim to relieve discomfort gradually. Treatment may involve activity modification, icing, immobilization with casts or boots, anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, physical therapy, or orthotics.

Surgical Solutions
When non-surgical treatments prove ineffective, surgical intervention may be necessary. Procedures like gastrocnemius recession, tenosynovectomy, or tendon transfer address tendon damage and prevent arch collapse. Recovery time varies based on the procedure's extent and the condition's severity.

Preventive Measures
Preventing PTTD involves avoiding repetitive foot movements, maintaining a healthy weight, and stretching before physical activities to reduce stress on the posterior tibial tendon.

Find Relief Today
Don't let PTTD limit your mobility and comfort. Contact us for personalized treatment options tailored to your needs, promoting foot health and well-being.