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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Treating Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Treating Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
 

Chances are, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is not a term you are familiar with unless you suffer from adult acquired flatfoot, since PTTD is its most common cause. The posterior tibial tendon runs around the back of the heel and is one of the major support structures for the arch of the foot. When the tendon is damaged, the arch begins to flatten.

How Can you Tell if it’s PTTD?

The most common cause of PTTD is overuse of the tendon and the symptoms of the disorder often show up after activities that stress the tendon, like walking, hiking, running or stair climbing. Since PTTD is a progressive disorder, the symptoms will change over time. At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care, we see patients in the early stages of the dysfunction experiencing pain on the inside of the foot and ankle and the skin in this area may be warm, swollen and red. As the arch starts to flatten, the toes and the entire foot start to turn outward and the ankle rolls in. When the arch flattens further, the pain may be more on the outside of the foot. Eventually, left untreated, arthritis may also develop in the foot and ankle.

What Can Be Done?

As you can see, it’s important to schedule an appointment with the foot doctor as soon as you notice any of the above symptoms. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo and Dr. Rajan Patel will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for you. You can avoid surgery and successfully treat PTTD with non-invasive methods if you catch it in its earliest stages.

Initially, the foot doctor may prescribe a cast or boot to immobilize the foot, giving the tendon time to heal. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be administered to help with pain and swelling. Physical therapy can help strengthen the tendon and surrounding muscles. Finally, to provide the support that PTTD is taking away from the arch, the podiatrist may fit you with an ankle brace or some kind of custom orthotics for your shoe. This could slow or even stop the progression of PTTD.

So don’t delay. Make an appointment at our Aberdeen office as soon as it’s convenient for you and get an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment of your foot and ankle pain.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Treating Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen