How to Mend Your Posterior Tibial Tendinitis (Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction or PTTD)
The Posterior Tibial tendon is a cord-like tendon that runs from a muscle in the leg, down the inside of the ankle and into the arch of the foot. This particular tendon provides a significant amount of support in the foot and helps to control the inward movement of the foot while walking.
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What Causes Posterior Tibial Tendinitis?
Injury to the Posterior Tibial tendon may occur due to repetitive motion during activities such as walking, running, or climbing stairs. Wear and tear or aging of the tendon may result in degeneration of the Posterior Tibial tendon tissues.
What Symptoms Should You Expect?
The degree of injury may range from an irritated tendon, to a tear, or even a complete rupture of the tendon. You will initially notice some pain, tenderness or swelling along the Posterior Tibial tendon and over the instep of your foot. A serious tear or rupture of this tendon will result in the flattening of your arch. In this case you should immediately consult a physician if you have developed a flatfoot deformity.
Easy At-Home Treatments to Avoid Surgery
What Treatments are Available to Mend Your Posterior Tibial Tendinitis?
Tendon injuries typically require longer healing processes because tendons are tough, dense tissues that normally receive very little blood flow. Posterior Tibial tendinitis is a degenerative condition which means that you should not leave the injury untreated as this may result in a complete tear or rupture of the tendon.
Even with optimal healing there is always less elasticity in a previously injured tendon. In order to regain some elasticity in your Posterior Tibial tendon you should reduce scar tissue formation and ensure realignment of the tendon fibers through Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy.
As soon as your soft tissue is injured your body triggers natural events that isolate damaged tissue and prepare it for healing. The main symptoms you will immediately feel after injury - the swelling, redness (rubor), heat (calor), pain (dolor), and loss of function - are really just signs that your body is starting to heal.
Unfortunately when your soft tissue is swollen and inflamed the damaged tissue is blocking vital blood flow from coming into to continue the natural healing process. When your blood flow is blocked, the other healthy tissue in your body is starved of oxygen, nutrients and antibodies needed for your healthy tissue to thrive and for your injured meniscus to heal. This is why it's never good to let a new injury stay untreated for too long.
Using cold compression immediately following a soft tissue tear, re-injury, or surgery reduces pain and swelling and reduces the tissue damage that occurs with soft tissue injuries.
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
What can be done for your soft tissue when the swelling is gone, but the pain is still there? Once the swelling is gone our bodies are starving for the naturally occurring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy available in our blood. Blood flow is like the life force of our bodies, and the healing process really takes off only when injured soft tissue receives proper blood flow.
If you want to heal quickly you need to keep your blood flow moving constantly, but you also need to make sure your body is actively getting rid of cellular waste and toxins. This is where BFST® comes in, but what exactly is BFST® and how can it help to accelerate healing?
BFST® is exactly what it seems - it's a therapy that substantially increases the flow of blood to your soft tissue without the need to exercise your already damaged tissue.
Think about your injured soft tissue as if it is a sponge that has dried out. Your damaged tissue is waiting there ready to absorb all of the benefits of increased blood flow but your body is unable to keep up with the demand of what your tissue needs. BFST® boosts your body's natural blood flow, delivering oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy directly to the source of your pain. Once you start receiving all of the benefits BFST® has to offer your injured soft tissue becomes like a sponge that now has enough blood flow within reach to soak up everything good that is in your blood flow. Increased blood flow through BFST® also acts as a cleanser for your tissue, whisking away all toxins and cellular waste.
Treating Your Posterior Tibial Tendinitis
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When is Surgery an Option & What Surgical Prodcedures Mend Posterior Tibial Tendinitis?
There are a few surgical procedures that may be performed in order to heal various degrees of Posterior Tibial tendon injuries: tendon repair, tendon transfer (graft), or tendon debridement (tenosynovectomy).
A procedure in which a surgeon repairs the Posterior Tibial tendon if you have chronic degeneration. The surgeon will make a small incision into the tendon sheath (the tissue encasing the Posterior Tibial tendon), and will either remove the damaged portion of the tendon or will repair the tendon with stitches or sutures.
Tendon Transfer (Graft)
A procedure that is usually performed when the Posterior Tibial tendon has degenerated or ruptured beyond the point in which a tendon repair surgery can effectively mend the tissue.
This is a thorough removal (or debride) of all degenerated tissue in the Posterior Tibial tendon injury.
Serious cases of Posterior Tibial injuries that result in a flat foot deformity may require: osteotomy, lateral column lengthening or arthodesis.
Is a procedure that allows the surgeon to remove a small part of the heel bone in order to realign the heel thus adjusting the arch.
Lateral Column Lengthening
This surgery allows the surgeon to remove and use a small portion of bone derived from the hip (that has a wedge-like shape) in order to realign the arch in the foot.
Fusing of Bones (Arthodesis)
This is a procedure in which the surgeon fuses one or more bones together in the foot in order to diminish or eliminate pain. Although this procedure may reduce pain and counteract the flat foot deformity, it will be difficult to move the foot or the joints that have been fused in a normal way
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