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Posterior Tibial Tendonitis Advice

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2 months ago


by james

How Long does it take for Posterior Tibial Tendonitis to heal?

Posterior Tibial Tendonitis takes 6-12 weeks on average to heal.

In acute episodes, if they are managed correctly with offloading, non-impact exercises, and the appropriate footwear. 

In longer terms cases, appropriate Physical Therapy involving strengthening exercises should heal Posterior Tibial Tendonitis within 12 weeks from the beginning of your treatment. 

How do you treat Posterior Tibial Tendonitis?

Posterior Tibial Tendonitis should be treated using a graded strengthening program under the guidance of a Physical Therapist. Adjuncts to strengthening exercises that are helpful include taping, stretching, an ankle brace, and orthotics.

What happens if Posterior Tibial Tendonitis goes untreated?

If Posterior Tibial Tendonitis goes untreated and doesn’t improve within the first 2 weeks then it is unlikely to completely resolve.

In some instances, resting the tendon helps to reduce pain levels. However, as tendonitis causes a change in the structure of the tendon once increased exertion is placed on the tendon, symptoms are likely to return.

Will an ankle brace help Posterior Tibial Tendonitis?

An ankle brace is helpful for pain relief for those with Posterior Tibial Tendonitis. This is a medium-term solution to pain reduction and should be used in combination with strengthening exercises as an ankle brace does not address the cause of the problem. Therefore, once it is removed, symptoms often quickly return.

Does Massage help with Posterior Tibial Tendonitis?

Massage can be very helpful in reducing pain levels for those with Posterior Tibial Tendonitis. However, this is a very short-term solution and should not be used in isolation as a form of treatment as it does not address the cause of the problem.

Can Posterior Tibial Tendonitis cause hip pain?

Posterior Tibial Tendonitis can indirectly cause pain elsewhere in the body such as in the hip and knee. Due to the intensity of pain when exerting the tendon which is located on the inner ankle, people with the condition can subconsciously change how they walk to place less pressure on the inner ankle but this can overload the knee and the hip. 

Therefore structured rehabilitation and normalizing the gait pattern under the guidance of a Physical Therapist is so important. 

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