Shin Pain Treatment Cairns Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy Treatment Cairns

Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy Treatment Cairns is provided by the professional team at FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics. What is Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy? Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy is an overuse injury causing pain and stiffness at the front of the ankle. The tibialis anterior muscle is the large muscle that runs down the front or ‘anterior’ aspect of the shin. Its main function is to lift-up or ‘dorsiflex’ the foot when walking so that you don’t trip as you are swinging your leg through. Due to this crucial role, the Tibialis anterior tendon is subject to high repetitive stresses and in conjunction with certain risk factors, can eventually begin to degenerate or break-down. Don’t suffer in silence, FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics can help with effective Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy Cairns treatment.

What are the symptoms of Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy?

The symptoms of Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy can vary and while they start relatively mildly, if not addressed with an effective Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy Cairns treatment plan, they get progressively worse and may develop into a chronic condition.

  • Pain and stiffness at the front of the ankle, particularly when bending the foot and toes upwards.
  • There may also be swelling and redness over the front of the ankle, specifically along the path of the tendon.
  • Pain will get worse with increased activity, particularly running or walking up hills.
  • A creaking feeling (called crepitus) can be felt when pressing in on the tendon as the foot moves foot up and down.

Why and how did I get Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy?

Tibialis anterior tendinopathy can be caused by many factors and is most commonly seen in the active middle aged population (women > men). Most patients with the condition can often present with many of the following risk factors. Please note early intervention is important. An effective Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy Cairns treatment plan which is adhered to can save painful and sometimes costly outcomes down the track.

  • Overuse – Sudden increase in activity
  • Acute trauma to tendon
  • Increased weight
  • Incorrect footwear
  • Previous injury to tendon
  • Poor lower limb/foot biomechanics

How is Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy diagnosed?

A thorough clinical examination will most commonly diagnose Tibialis anterior tendinopathy. Depending on severity of symptoms, you may be referred for an ultrasound +/- MRI to determine the extent of the degeneration and to make sure there aren’t any tears in the tendon. Once we have an understanding of your specific Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy, we can prepare a customised Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy Cairns treatment plan, to suit your specific symptoms and biomechanics.

Possible Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy Cairns Treatment Options

There are a range of possible Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy Cairns treatment options, including but not limited to the below.

  • Rest, ice, compression
  • Padding/strapping
  • Footwear advice
  • Custom insoles
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Strengthening/massage work
  • Aircast Walker

Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy - Prognosis

Prognosis is largely dependent on the grade of Tendinopathy present. Conservative treatments generally produce successful results for mild-moderate cases, however surgery can be indicated for end stage Tendinopathy.


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