Injury Fact Sheet: Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

By on November 17, 2012

Description:

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.

Treatment:

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.

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