Posterior Tibialis Tendinopathy

Muscle Power Deficits

Medial ankle and foot (diffuse) pain

Patients with posterior tibialis tendinopathy typically present to clinic with diffuse medial ankle/foot pain often with insidious onset. In more severe cases pain can also radiate into the medial calf region!

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Anatomy

  Image via Complete Anatomy by 3D4 Medical

Image via Complete Anatomy by 3D4 Medical

Midfoot Mobility

 Remember, during patient assessment, it is imperative to examine up and down the kinetic chain in order to gain a more well-rounded understanding of the patient’s pathology. That being said,  mid foot mobility  is still something that should be addressed!  (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)

Remember, during patient assessment, it is imperative to examine up and down the kinetic chain in order to gain a more well-rounded understanding of the patient’s pathology. That being said, mid foot mobility is still something that should be addressed!

(Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)

Posterior Tibialis Assessment

 In order to better rule in the possibility of  posterior tibialis   tendinopathy , the therapist should elongate, contract, and palpate the muscle belly and tendon looking for reproduction of symptoms. Here is an example of how to properly elongate!   (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)

In order to better rule in the possibility of posterior tibialis tendinopathy, the therapist should elongate, contract, and palpate the muscle belly and tendon looking for reproduction of symptoms. Here is an example of how to properly elongate!   (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)

Treatment

 Often, lack of dorsiflexion range of motion can result in compensatory mechanisms through the midfoot contributing to irritation of the posterior tibialis tendon. A high-velocity low amplitude thrust to the  talocrural joint  can help improve this range of motion deficit! (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)

Often, lack of dorsiflexion range of motion can result in compensatory mechanisms through the midfoot contributing to irritation of the posterior tibialis tendon. A high-velocity low amplitude thrust to the talocrural joint can help improve this range of motion deficit! (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)

Therapeutic Exercise

 Motor coordination both proximally and distally can contribute to excessive pronation. A  squat assessment  can also double as a therapeutic exercise by cueing the patient to maintain a neutral mid foot position while performing the movement! (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)

Motor coordination both proximally and distally can contribute to excessive pronation. A squat assessment can also double as a therapeutic exercise by cueing the patient to maintain a neutral mid foot position while performing the movement! (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)