Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction


Dysfunction of the posterior tibial tendon is a condition caused by degenerative changes in the tendon. Causes may include acute injury or may develop slowly over time.


Symptoms may include pain, swelling, and changes in the foot structure such as a flattening of the arch. Signs and symptoms change over time. Late in the disease the ankle may roll inward and pain may even develop on the outside of the foot.

What to Expect When You See the Doctor

Your doctor will examine your foot and ankle. X-rays and/or MRI may be recommended in some cases.


Treatment in acute situations focuses on decreasing the inflammation and pain. This can be accomplished with use of ice, anti-inflammatory medications and immobilization with a boot. Long term treatments may include use of orthotics or a brace. Physical therapy may also be recommended. 

Cases which are severe and have not responded to conservative treatments may require surgery. The surgical procedure is recommended based on severity of the condition but may be aimed at restoration of the damaged tendon, fixing of a flatfoot deformity, or the treatment of arthritic joints. Your foot and ankle surgeon will determine the best procedure for you.

We Can Help!

Are you suffering from Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction? We have years of experience treating this condition and would be happy to help. Contact us or book an appointment today.

South Denver Podiatry
7780 S. Broadway, Suite 190
Littleton, CO 80122
Phone: 720-279-8076
Fax: (720) 398-8424
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