The posterior tibial tendon is one of the major supporting structures of the foot that aids with walking. Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is also called “adult acquired flatfoot” and is the most common type of flatfoot developed during adulthood. PTTD is usually progressive, which means early treatment is required to keep it from getting worse over time.
Overuse of the posterior tibial tendon is the main cause of PTTD. Symptoms become more prevalent after activities that involve the tendon, such as running, hiking, walking, climbing stairs, etc.
Symptoms may include pain, swelling, a flat arch, and inward rolling of the ankle. Symptoms can progress to the development of flat arches, and in severe cases, arthritis in the foot and ankle. Early intervention is the best way to keep you happy and healthy.
At ProActive Foot & Ankle, we want to keep you one step ahead. After examining your foot and ankle, nonsurgical treatment may be discussed.
In many cases of PTTD, nonsurgical treatment can include:
- Bracing or orthotic devices for arch support
- Immobilization/rest, avoiding weight bearing for a prescribed amount of time
- Physical therapy
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
PTTD can be stopped in its tracks with early intervention. The sooner the better. Make an appointment with ProActive Foot & Ankle today!