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Thornhill Chiropodist | Thornhill Posterior Tibial Dysfunction | ON | The Foot Institute |

 


Darryl Cohen and Associates
NHD Pod(SA), BSc(Hons)(Podiatric Studies)

 

441 Clark Ave West
Suite 201
Thornhill, ON
L4J 6W8
(Sobeys Plaza at corner Clark and Hilda)
(905) 886-3965

 

Lawrence Square Shoppng Centre
700 Lawrence Ave West
Suite 125
Toronto, ON
M6A 3B4  
(416) 787-1381

 

Posterior tibial dysfunction

 

Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is the inflammation or overstretching of the posterior tibial tendon in the foot. The key function of the posterior tibial tendon is to support the arch in the foot. The tendon serves as a major supporting structure to assist the foot function while walking - however, if PTTD is present than the result is oftentimes an “adult-acquired flatfoot.”

Generally, adult-acquired flat-foot occurs only in one foot, but can be seen in both. This ailment is generally progressive, so if left untreated, the symptoms will continue to get worse. Symptoms generally occur after an activity that requires the use of the tendon such as running, walking, hiking or climbing stairs.

Symptoms of PTTD will change as the condition worsens, but initially include:


  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Flattening of the arch
  • An inward roll of the ankle


When PTTD initially develops, it begins with a pain on the inside of the foot and ankle. The area may be red, warm, and swollen, as well. As the arch begins to flatten, there may still be pain on the inside of the foot and ankle, however, the foot and toes begin to turn outward and the ankle rolls inward. As it reaches its advanced stages, the arch continues to flatten and the pain often shifts to the outside of the foot, below the ankle. This indicates that the tendon has deteriorated considerably and arthritis is likely developing in the foot.

 
 
 
 
Thornhill Chiropodist specializing in Podiatrist, Orthotics , Ingrown toenails, Fungal Nails, Foot Pain, Flat Feet, Foot Specialist serving Thornhill, L4J6W8, Richmond Hill, Toronto