Posterior Tibial Tendonitis (Tendinitis)


Tiny tears and inflammation in the posterior tibial tendon leads to tendinitis and pain in the arch of the foot.

The posterior tibial tendon runs along the inside of the ankle and attaches the tibialis posterior muscle (located at the back of the lower leg) to the foot bones in 3 different locations. The tendon assists in supporting the arch of the foot and helps to prevent your foot from rolling.

Posterior tibial tendonitis (also known as tendinitis of the foot) is a common overuse injury that affects the inside arch of the foot that causes inflammation in the tendon. The inflammation can be caused by irritation and tiny tears in the posterior tibial tendon over time (referred to as chronic tendonitis) or due to an immediate traumatic strain or tear (referred to as acute tendonitis).

If posterior tibial tendonitis goes untreated you may experience flattened arches and your toes will begin to point outward as the tendon is no longer able to support your arch.


Symptoms of Posterior Tibial Tendinitis

Symptoms of an inflamed posterior tibial tendon may include:

  • An unsteady gait (instability in the foot).
  • Shooting, stabbing or burning pain along the in-step of the foot and up the inside of the ankle.
  • Intense pain in the arch of the foot when standing on tip toes.

Risk Factors and Causes of Posterior Tibial Tendinitis

Hikers may experience posterior tibial tendon injuries if they roll over on their ankle. This can stretch the tendon causing tears and can lead to tendinitis if left untreated.
  • People who have diabetes, are overweight, or are hypertensive.
  • People who play sports or do activities that involve repetitive ankle movements.
  • People who participate in activities such as running on uneven surfaces, racket sports, basketball, hiking, volleyball or other sports where rolling the ankle is common.
  • Elderly people due to tendons losing elasticity with age and becoming brittle.
  • People with flat feet.

To view more information about Posterior Tibial Tendonitis, please go to our quadriceps tendonitis page on aidyourtendon.com


The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results! With these simple therapies you will notice incredible results in your ankle. Visit your doctor and/or physiotherapist before using any of our outstanding products, to make sure they're right for you and your condition.


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