Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy (Traction apophysitis)

Ms Chia is an 11 years old child who played basketball barefooted last week. She came with Right midfoot pain since a few days duration. She particularly mentioned that she had pain jumping and doing brisk walking. Her mother was worried as she thought it could be cancerous.

I examined her feet and found out that she was flat footed and had a prominent navicular tuberosity(insertion of Tibialis Posterior tendon) on both feet. She had tenderness at that spot but there were no obvious signs except that she had pain standing on her toes and resisting inversion (pushing her forefoot inward against my hand).

I explained to her mother that she would benefit by having good medial longitudinal arch support with orthoses. She could have taping of her foot to provide additional arch support. If symptoms persisted, an X-ray could be done to rule out avulsion fracture (tendon pulls off the tubercle from the bone) or other pathology.

She should recover swiftly with proper footwear, modified activity, isometric and theraband resistance exercises within 2-4 weeks.

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