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Best Shoes For Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

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Last updated: 07/11/2023


by James McCormack

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Posterior Tibial Tendonitis is a condition affecting the posterior tibial tendon, which is located along the inner ankle bone and attaches to the medial arch of the foot.

In most cases, the most effective treatment for this condition requires a multi-faceted approach. Comprehensive treatment should include exercises, insoles, braces and shoes.

This article will provide recommendations on the best shoes for Posterior Tibial Tendonitis based on our clinical experience.

James McCormack is a Physical Therapist who specializes in foot & ankle injuries. james-mccormack.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

Best Shoes For Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

A stable shoe with a rigid midfoot and rubber sole is the best shoe for Posterior Tibial Tendonitis. It limits the movement in the midfoot, controlling the foot during the gait cycle to reduce the tension on the Posterior Tibial Tendon. For walking and hiking, we generally recommend lightweight hiking shoes as they are waterproof, durable and stable. Running shoes are a good option for walking, either.

Best Running Shoes for Posterior Tibial Tendonitis?

A stable running shoe is the best shoe for Posterior Tibial Tendonitis. We recommend these as they have a thickened inner sole that tilts the heel bone to reduce pronation moments on heel strike and a rigid midsole to control the deceleration of the foot when running, as this is one of the primary actions of the Posterior Tibial Tendon.

We recommend avoiding softly cushioned shoes that feel like walking on a cloud. It may be that your symptoms feel better initially, but too much movement overloads the tendon and can worsen your symptoms in the long run.

We have made a list of our favourite shoes and running shoes for Posterior Tibial Tendonitis that we recommend to patients daily in our clinics. 

Hoka Clifton 9

  • These surprisingly light stability shoes from Hoka are excellent running shoes for Posterior Tibial Tendonitis.
  • They have a 5mm heel drop, thick and a cushioned inner sole.
  • We also love their recycled mesh material and vegan soles.
  • This is our firm favourite running shoe for Posterior Tibial Tendonitis.
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Asics GT-2000 11

  • The Asics GT2000 is a mid-range stability running shoe that is one of Asic’s classic collections.
  • It has Flytefoam technology, a good shock absorber that helps reduce the force going through the Posterior Tibial tendon.
  • A slightly thickened inner sole helps to reduce the pronation forces that cause Posterior tibial Tendonitis.
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Saloman Shoe XA Pro 3D

  • The latest XA Pro 3D is a lightweight but stable version of the older model, providing comfort for walking long distances.
  • We like this shoe as it works well for road walking and hiking.
  • A stable midsole protects the Posterior Tibial Tendon without being too clunky.
  • They have an 11-inch stack height, which helps shorten the Posterior Tibial Tendon.
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Shoe Reviews with James McCormack

This article is written by James McCormack, a Lower Limb Specialist who is an expert in treating Posterior Tibial Tendonitis.

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack if you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed in this article. James offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly and face-to-face appointments in his London clinic.

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