Foot Tendonitis – Symptoms and Non Surgincal Treatment

Hard working people are prone to foot tendonitis. Age and senility are also likely to be affected by foot tendonitis. A tender strong fibrous band connects muscles to bones and can be compared to a rubber or nylon band or cord. Tendonitis means inflammation of the tendon—it is in Greek meaning inflammation.

Posterior Tibial Tender

In foot tendonitis the distal or far end of the posterior tibial tendon becomes inflamed. This tendon is covered up at the lower end of the muscle at the back portion of the lower leg.

This tendon extends across the inner section of the ankle just below the bone prominence, down over the instep and also continues to the bottom of the foot. This supports the curvature of arch of the foot allowing it to maintain its inward direction while the person walks.
Causes of foot tendonitis

Foot tendonitis worsens gradually in different stages. In the first stage it affects the portion of the tendon running behind the bony lump of the ankle. This lump is called the medial malleolus.Aging process is the cause of this swelling. The suppleness of the tendon is maintained by a protein called collagen which looks after the pliability of the skin. As this collagen diminishes during old age, the tendon loses it elasticity.


Pain in the arch of the foot or instep is one of the major symptoms of foot tendonitis. There is an accompanying edema or swelling parallel to the posterior tibial tendon.

If the tendon breaks or ruptures, support for the arch of the foot is lost. This produces a considerable flattening of the foot. This is otherwise called as fallen arches and end in other disorders like knee pain, Archills tendonitis, skin splints etc. Surgery is needed to set right a ruptured tendon.

Non surgical treatment

Two methods of treating foot tendonitis are in vogue. One is surgical, other non surgical. Non surgical method includes the use of a support for the arch of the foot. This is the done by placing an arch support product in the shoe. It sustains the foot and relieves the pressure on the posterior tibial tendon. Another approach is to stay off the feet as much as possible. Mild pain relief medications can be taken under prescription by the attending doctor as well as anti inflammatory medicines.





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