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Doctor insights on: How To Use An Elliptical With Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
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Tendinitis (Definition)

The inflammation of a tendon, ...Read more


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How do you treat posterior tibial tendinitis?

How do you treat posterior tibial tendinitis?

RICE: Rest, ice, compression, elevation and then support and anti-inflamatory medication. ...Read more

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Where can I get a walking boot for posterior tibial tendinitis?

Where can I get a walking boot for posterior tibial tendinitis?

Aircast: Look on the internet for an aircast boot. Specifically you need a curved (rocker) bottom boot.
(i have no affiliation with aircast ). ...Read more

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Is elliptical trainer ok to use with severe calf tendinitis?

Is elliptical trainer ok to use with severe calf tendinitis?

Yes: Its okay but you need to stretch before and after, not exercise too long, ice it when your done, nsaids can help, and if it's acute, you should not do it at all and rest it. You may even need it immobilized if it's real bad. See your orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Which lower body exercises are safe to do with posterior tibial tendonitis?

Which lower body exercises are safe to do with posterior tibial tendonitis?

Low impact: Aquatics, body weight, or resistance bands/ tubing biking, and/or elliptical. Aquatics allow you to perform body weight exercises, but being in water actually reduces the stress on your body due to buoyancy. Once you are able to perform body weight activities then look to add light resistance w/ bands/ tubing. ...Read more

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I have posterior tibial tendonitis since december 20th. I've been doing pt and run couple times w/ no pain. Can i get back on training for marathon?

I have posterior tibial tendonitis since december 20th. I've been doing pt and run couple times w/ no pain. Can i get back on training for marathon?

Ask the..: People who have examined and treated you. Nameless, faceless online presence doesn't help you. Ask your physical therapist, referring md. Good luck with your run. ...Read more

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Best way to treat posterior tibial tendonitis?

Rest meds: Typically, tendinitis is treated with rest, splint, walking boot, or cast. Anti-inflammatory meds are often used. . Cortisone injections work more rapidly, injected into the sheath. It works wonders. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do if I have posterior tibial tendonitis?

Low impact: If you have tendonitis (as opposed to insufficiency) your goal should be to allow the tendon to rest so the inflammation can resolve. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from posterior tibial tendonitis?

Over age 50-never!: The posterior tibial tendon supports the arch of the foot at the medial ankle. Athletes report pain and collapse of the arch with progressive flat footed deformity. Treatment involves immobilization in a boot for severe pain or supportive orthotics. Cortisone injections should be avoided. In athletes over 50, especially overweight females, it does not heal! Return to sports when pain subsides. ...Read more

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Could i make it through army basic training with posterior tibial tendonitis?

Could i make it through army basic training with posterior tibial tendonitis?

Possibly: If you tapped your foot/ankle or wore an orthotic or brace. But, if your feeling pain than i would stop training as if the tendon ruptures the result could be disabling. ...Read more

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Is it possible to make it through army basic training with posterior tibial tendonitis?

Is it possible to make it through army basic training with posterior tibial tendonitis?

It depends...: The severity of posterior tibial tendonitis will dictate your ability to complete the requirements with basic training. Mild cases can be treated with rehab, an orthotic and/or ankle brace along with anti-inflammatories. More advanced cases need more aggressive treatment and rest from high-impact activity often is requried. Your orthopaedic physician can help determine your ability to participate. ...Read more

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How do I make it through army basic training with posterior tibial tendonitis? Any tips?

A good ankle brace: First and foremost, ice, rest and NSAIDS will help. during your movement, get a good ankle brace or ASO brace specifically for this condition. That will give you support while going through basic. Good luck....and thanks for your awesome service!!!!! ...Read more

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Is posterior tibial tendonitis the same as posterior tibial tendon dysfunction?

Is posterior tibial tendonitis the same  as posterior tibial tendon dysfunction?

Very close.: Tendonits is a bit more acute and sharply painful. Dysfunction (pttd) refers more to the overuse/overstrecthing of the tendon for mechanical reasons. A person with pttd can also have tendonitis, whereas a patient with tenodonitis may or may not have pttd. ...Read more

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Is posterior tibial tendonitis the same thing as posterior tibial tendon dysfunction?

It can be: As the itis can be the dysfunction.
But posterior tendon dysfunction can be more than just inflammation. It could mean anything that causes the tendon to not function optimally. ...Read more

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Is posterior tibial tendonitis the same condition as posterior tibial tendon dysfunction?

No: Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon.
Dysfunction is where the tendon does not work in the proper way.

Tendonitis can lead to dysfunction. ...Read more

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Will shoe inserts help with my posterior tibial tendonitis?

Yes: After the pt tendonitis heals, you will want to protect the tendon from future damage by supporting your arch and the tendon in a custom molded orthotic. ...Read more

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Should my toes be numb with posterior tibial tendonitis?

No: But could they be? Yes. When one has posterior tibial tendonitis it may be from bad biomechanics like a hyperpronated foot type. This same foot type can put strain on the tarsal tunnel. Compression of the posterior tibial nerve within the tarsal tunnel can cause numbness of the toes. But, other causes are a possibility as well. ...Read more

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Asked to wear insoles because of posterior tibial tendonitis. Start to have 2nd toe pain when i walk. What to do?

Asked to wear insoles because of posterior tibial tendonitis. Start to have 2nd toe pain when i walk. What to do?

2nd toe pain: Because of the pain in your 2nd toe, you may have more pathology than just ptt. You may have a tight heel cord that puts extra pressure on the ball of your feet, this could lead to repetitive trauma. Also, the 2nd toe may be longer than the great toe and may be jamming into the shoe. Lastly, the new insole may be taking too much room in the shoe and jamming your foot/toes. ...Read more

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Are there any ankle-derived symptoms that differentiate posterior tibial tendonitis from posterior tibiotalar ligament tear?

Can't stand on toes: With posterior tibial tendinitis (pttd), pain is present when attempting to stand on your toes. This pain is usually felt to be pronounced on the inner side of the arch from the ankle to the midfoot. The ligament is a discrete pain behind the ankle and is present with passive and active motion. Concern is noted when the tendon is torn, in this case, the patient has difficulty maintaining stance. ...Read more

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Is wearing the aircast inflatable stirrup ankle brace suitable for posterior tibial tendonitis? How long should this be worn?

Is wearing the aircast inflatable stirrup ankle brace suitable for posterior tibial tendonitis? How long should this be worn?

Yes: In most cases the aircast brace is appropriate tx for post tib tendonitis. Occasionally a brace that locks the heal itself might be necessary. With the brace, nsaid's, and some rest mild tendonitis should be better in about 3 weeks. Occasionally more aggressive tx is needed with perhaps a cortizone (hydrocortisone) injection or even surgery if the above and pt doesn't help. Good luck! ...Read more

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Posterior tibial tendonitis in my left foot. My question is, is posterior tibial tendon dysfunction the same condition just different names?

They are related: Tendinitis is an inflammation that may or may not result from the posterior tendon dysfunction.

The ptd can easily result from the painful tendinitis as well. ...Read more

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MRI shoes fluid around Posterior tibial tendon. Visible swelling , pain inner ankle. Tendonitis?

It could be: tendonitis and you may benefit from some fluid drainage..consult with your orthopedist ...Read more

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Posterior tibial tendonitis or achillies? Pain moves from ankle and back of heel, under heel. Can stand on toes with both feet, not just one. Full rom

Posterior tibial tendonitis or achillies? Pain moves from ankle and back of heel, under heel. Can stand on toes with both feet, not just one. Full rom

PT tendonitis: At your age most likely post tibial tendon syndrome. Pain, inflammation , weakness, tearing. If weak on one foot is a dysfunctional post tib. Achilles would require an injury, won't just wear out. ...Read more

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Can posterior tibial tendonitis cause swelling in the shin as well as the ankle and instep? Orthotic used 3 months, now just wrapped, but swells more

Can posterior tibial tendonitis cause swelling in the shin as well as the ankle and instep?  Orthotic used 3 months, now just wrapped, but swells more

Leg swelling: Swelling to the posterior tibial tendon usually occurs at the medial and lateral ankle at most if you now experiencing swelling at the shin it could be because your leg is doing more work causing the muscles to become irritated or overworked. You may need a professional to further explore the problems in your leg and tendon and possibly immobilize the leg. ...Read more

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What are the reasons why a cortisone injection wouldn't work for anterior tibial tendinitis? Podiatrist offered it for condition lasting 1 1/2 yrs.

What are the reasons why a cortisone injection wouldn't work for anterior tibial tendinitis?  Podiatrist offered it for condition lasting 1 1/2 yrs.

Tendons receive a: poor blood supply and as such, take a long time to heal. You might want to inquire about a course of physical therapy, a period of immobilization or anti-inflammatory medication or a combination of all these. Another possibility is the diagnosis is incorrect and something else is going on. ...Read more

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How does an anterior ankle sprain cause post tibial tendinitis?

How does an anterior ankle sprain cause post tibial tendinitis?

PTT kinesiology:: Posterior tibial tendinitis could result from an anterior ankle injury when there is excessive demand placed on the tibialis posterior muscle due to anterior ankle laxity. When one part of a joint becomes weak another part becomes overworked to compensate. This is one reason that ankle injuries need thorough evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment by a qualified doctor. ...Read more

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What are the best stretches, exercises, and other preventative measures for tibialis posterior tendinitis?

What are the best stretches, exercises, and other preventative measures for tibialis posterior tendinitis?

PREVENTING: First, I congratulate you on using the correct terminology; tibialis posterior, not posterior tibial. Second, do you really want to stretch a tendon whose job it is to maintain the integrity of the arch; a TP tendon that lengthens only 2cm can cause pathology. Third, prevention. There are many causes; the most common may be an intrinsic abnormality within the tendon itself. Age, BMI, steroids also ...Read more

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I have a small posterior tibial tendon tear.. Can this heal? .. Could I use a waking cast to help heal... How long does it take to heal ? Thank u

I have a small posterior tibial tendon tear.. Can this heal? .. Could I use a waking cast to help heal... How long does it take to heal ? Thank u

Yes: As long as the tear is not complete, treatment with a walking cast or boot is appropriate. Your best bet would be to have a podiatrist evaluate it, review the MRI and recommend treatment. ...Read more