Injury Fact Sheet: Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

By on November 17, 2012


The posterior tibialis runs down the calf and passes behind the inside of the ankle to insert into the naviclus, cuneiforms, and middle three metatarsals of the foot.  This muscle is used to point and invert the foot.  Inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon is less common in dancers than other athletes.


If a dancer suspects posterior tibial tendonitis, s/he should see a physician as soon as possible.  If diagnosed with posterior tibial tendonitis, a heel wedge placed in both shoes may offload the tendon and provide some relief.  Chronic inflammation may require surgery.

Of Note:

Poterior Tibial Tendonitis is less common in dancers than other athletes.  Occasionally, inflammation of flexor hallucis longus (Dancer’s Tendonitis), a much more common dance injury, is misdiagnosed as posterior tibial tendonitis, as both conditions are associated with posterior ankle pain.

** Note: Fact sheets are compiled from peer-reviewed resources, and is intended for reference only.  For a complete list of references, click here.  In the event of an injury, seek advice from a licensed health professional.  The original content of this site is protected by copyright and may be shared, but not be republished without permission.  For full disclaimers and disclosures, visit our policies.


Join the Discussion

%d bloggers like this: