What Causes Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy?
As with many common foot problems, age and lifestyle factors could play a major roll in your foot health. Being overweight can also have a huge impact on your feet, including being a cause of tibialis posterior tendinopathy, as excessive weight and strain is placed on the fragile tendon. If the tendon is already weakened, additional weight can cause tears and a weakening of the foot structure, which could eventually lead to deformities such as flat feet.
The condition occurs or begins to show symptoms and pain most often in middle age women, usually because of unsupportive and improper footwear such as high heels.
However, those who already have fallen arches, they are likely to also experience tibialis posterior tendinopathy because too much weight is placed on the tendon and it cannot support the load, which leads to inflammation on the inside of the ankle. Pain is most apparent during movement, especially after sport.
Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy Treatment
Tibialis posterior tendinopathy is really quite common and can be treated at home in most cases. The first step to tibialis posterior tendinopathy treatment is identifying the issue, and this may need to be confirmed by a doctor or physiotherapist. Locating the specific area for injury will require an evaluation of the area and sometimes some minor tests.
During the early stages, you may be able to diagnose and set tibialis posterior tendinopathy treatment at home, simply by running your hands along the inside of your foot to your ankle to see where the inflammation and pain is occurring. You can then follow normal preventative treatments, such as:
- Try to refrain from putting unnecessary weight on the area, this may require you to stop sports activity.
- It is important to wear supportive footwear at all times, not just whilst you are doing impactful activities. Orthotics can work to support the ankle, as well as the arch of the foot, which is why they are the best treatment for tibialis posterior tendinopathy as the insole can run the full length of the tendon. A supportive insole can help to improve the range of movement, particularly at the ankle joint, which will mean you can take part in conditioning exercises.
- Physiotherapy and exercises that condition the area can strengthen the tendon itself. Building strength in the area can help to reduce pain on a long term basis, but you will need to ensure you are building up to it slowly, rather than diving right in, as this could cause larger issues including tears and ruptures.
- In severe cases, surgical treatments may be required. These will only be provided by your doctor if your mobility and quality of life is being seriously affected by the issue.
For more information or help finding the most suitable orthotic insoles for your foot problem, get in touch with the team here at Foot Active. All our insoles are designed by podiatrists for medical-standard support.