The posterior tibial tendon attaches the calf muscle to the bones inside the foot. The principal function of the tendon is to support the foot and arch while walking and the constant pressure on the tendon without proper support can lead to a tear or collapse of the arch.
Posterior tibial dysfunction — the most-common affliction of the foot and ankle — occurs when the tibial tendon becomes inflamed or torn. The injured tendon may no longer be able to support the arch of the foot, resulting in flatfoot.
This condition is prevalent in women over 40 with flat feet or by an acute injury, such as a fall or from overuse (especially for those involved in high-impact sports). Once the tendon becomes inflamed or torn, the arch begins to fall.
All the physicians at the University Foot and Ankle Institute are active in sports, most used to compete, so they intimately understand the physical stresses that activity puts on the feet as well as the emotional loss that one feels when injured and cannot move like they used to. Our goal is to help you get back on your feet — quicky and without pain.