What are symptoms of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction?

Christopher Chiodo, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Early on in posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, you'll feel pain along the inner side of the ankle and arch of your foot. Since the tendon supports the arch, you may develop a flat foot that, over time, may become rigid. Eventually the pain may extend to the outer side of your foot and ankle, and arthritis may develop.

Symptoms of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction include:
  • Pain and weakness in the tendon that runs along the inner side of the ankle
  • Pain in the arch
  • Possible development of flat feet (flexible at first)
  • Additional symptoms developing over time, including pain on the outer side of the foot or ankle, rigid flat feet, or impaired walking

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Flat Feet (Fallen Arches)

Flat Feet (Fallen Arches)

Flat feet, or fallen arches, occurs when the inside arch of your foot is flat -- the sole of your foot touches the ground when you stand. Some people are born with flat feet, while others experience it later on if the tendons and ...

soft tissues supporting the arch weaken. This is known as posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, and women who wear high heels for extended periods may be more at risk for the condition. If you experience pain with fallen arches, there are ways to manage it. Orthotics for your shoes, stretching and anti-inflammatory medication are some ways to relieve pain. Surgery is an option in advanced cases of the condition.
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