Tibialis posterior

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Are you enduring pain near your ankle? Here are some facts about Tibialis Posterior

Are you neglecting that pain near in your ankle? It could be Tibialis Posterior!

What is Tibialis Posterior?

The posterior tibialis tendon runs along the inside of the foot. It connects the calf muscle (posterior tibialis muscle) to bones on the inside of the foot. It helps maintain the arch of the foot. The posterior tibialis tendon also gives you stability when you move. Posterior tibialis tenosynovitis is when this tendon becomes inflamed or torn.

This condition is often caused by an injury to the tendon. For instance, a fall can tear the tendon. Overuse can also damage it. People who play sports like basketball or tennis a lot may weaken the tendon over time.

Symptoms of Tibialis Posterior

  • Pain along the inside of the foot and ankle, where the tendon lies. This may or may not be associated with swelling in the area.
  • Pain that is worse with activity. High-intensity or high-impact activities, such as running, can be very difficult. Some patients can have trouble walking or standing for a long time.
  • Pain on the outside of the ankle. When the foot collapses, the heel bone may shift to a new position outwards. This can put pressure on the outside ankle bone. The same type of pain is found in arthritis in the back of the foot.

Treatment for Tibialis Posterior

Generally, most cases can be managed with simple treatments such as:

  • Modification of activities which include rest from the sport
  • Physiotherapy to strengthen the posterior tibial tendon and the foot’s small muscles. Posterior tibial tendonitis exercises generally strengthen the calf muscles and medial ankle flexors. Exercises include calf raises and Theraband exercises to strengthen the muscles that move the ankle inwards.
  • Orthotics to support and allow the tendon to heal.

How can I reduce my risk?

You can reduce your risk of having this injury by:

  • Wearing supportive footwear. You should choose a shoes that provides extra arch support. Avoid footwear that can increase your risk of injury, including high heels, platform shoes and flip-flops.
  • Stretching your lower leg. Standing calf stretches are a great way to stretch the tendon and the muscles that surround it. A foam roller can also loosen your calf muscles.
  • Performing strengthening exercises. Resistance band exercises, single-limb heel rises and walking on your toes over a short distance can strengthen your foot and ankle and help prevent injuries.
  • Not pushing through pain. Stop what you’re doing at the first sign of discomfort.


If you are suffering and have the symptoms of this condition, our podiatrist can help you with the right treatment needed. ✅ Podiatrist South Kensington based 
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at 44 (0) 207 101 4000. 📞



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