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Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy treatment Cairns is provided by the professional team at FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics. What is Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy? As the name suggests, Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy is a condition that is characterised by degeneration of the Tibialis Posterior tendon. This tendon is arguably the most important stabilizer of the human foot, with its main role being to support the structural integrity of the arch. Due to this crucial role, the Tibialis Posterior tendon is subject to high repetitive stresses and in conjunction with certain risk factors, can eventually begin to degenerate or break-down. Although this degeneration can occur anywhere along the tendon, it is most commonly found at its maximum fulcrum point; behind the ankle bone, or its insertion onto the top of the arch. Hence the terms insertional and mid-portion Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy.

Why did I get Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy?

Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy can be caused by many factors and is most commonly seen in the active middle aged population (women > men). When presenting at the clinic seeking Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy Cairns treatment, many share the following risk factors:

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

How is Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy diagnosed?

A thorough clinical examination will most commonly diagnose Tibialis Posterior 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 that is completed, we will prepare a customised Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy Cairns treatment plan, to suit your specific symptoms and biomechanics.

Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy Cairns treatment Options

There are range of Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy Cairns treatment options available. These include but are not limited to the following.

  • Rest, ice, compression
  • Massage
  • Padding/strapping
  • Footwear advice
  • Custom insoles
  • Aircast walker
  • Dry Needling
  • Richie Brace
  • Surgery
  • Anti-flammatories

Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy - Prognosis

Prognosis is largely dependent on the grade of Tendinopathy present. Conservative treatments generally produce successful results for mild cases, however if you have end stage Tendinopathy, then surgery might be indicated as a part of our Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy Cairns treatment plan.


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