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Why might the posterior tibial tendon stop supporting the arch of the foot?

The posterior tibial tendon can be affected by injury or overuse. For example, it can tear because of a fall or twist and become inflamed. Athletes in high-impact sports, such as basketball, tennis and soccer, may have tears of the tendon from repetitive use. Once the tendon becomes inflamed or torn, the arch will slowly collapse over time. 

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