Are you experiencing pain in the tendons along the inside of your foot or ankle? Your discomfort could be caused by posterior tibial dysfunction. This condition is one of many foot and ankle problems treated by Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM. Dr. Auger is a podiatrist who offers treatment solutions to patients in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. To find out how you can get help with a treatment protocol that addresses your tendon pain, call Dr. Auger today.
The posterior tibial tendon is the tendon that attaches the muscle of the calf to bones on the inner foot. The posterior tibial tendon has the important job of supporting the foot and maintaining proper arch position while walking. Unfortunately the tendon can become torn or inflamed due to overuse or due to an acute injury. This can result in flatfoot or instability as the arch is not properly supported.
Posterior tibial dysfunction can cause pain where the tendons are located on the inner foot. The pain will likely worsen if you engage in high-impact activities like running. Pain on the outer ankle is also a possible symptom. There could also be swelling in the areas of the foot around the tendons where you feel discomfort.
To treat posterior tibial dysfunction, proper diagnosis is necessary. Dr. Auger can conduct a comprehensive exam and take your complete medical history. You may have to undergo tests such as a single limb heel rise test which assesses your ability to go up on tiptoes while standing on one leg. X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs and CT-scans could also be performed.
Once posterior tibial dysfunction is diagnosed, Dr. Auger will work with you to identify the treatment that is best suited to your condition and overall health. You may need to ice the area, take anti-inflammatory medication, and rest. Immobilization of the foot in a leg cast or walking boot may be recommended. Orthotics, braces, cortisone injections, and physical therapy are also treatment options. If these more conservative solutions do not work, surgical treatment may be advised.
Patients suffering from posterior tibial dysfunction need to work with an experienced foot doctor who can provide treatment solutions. Dr. Auger has treated many patients in Salt Lake City, West Jordan, and Sandy, Utah who are suffering from problems with the posterior tibial tendon. Contact Dr. Auger today to find out what treatment is available to you.