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How is posterior tibial tendon dysfunction treated?

Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction is usually progressive. Treatment begins with shoe modifications, orthotic devices or bracing, immobilization, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. In advanced cases, surgery may be the only option.
Christopher Chiodo, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
The earlier you treat posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, the more likely you are to avoid surgery. So, if you have symptoms of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, it is important to see a doctor for a diagnosis. Initial treatment consists of custom-made orthoses (shoe inserts), braces, or both to support the arch of your foot. Your doctor may also recommend gentle exercises so that you can stretch the Achilles tendon and build strength in the muscles that support the foot. Studies show that nonsurgical methods are effective in managing this condition when caught in its early stages, even over the long term.

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