Anterior Tibial Tendonitis Condition

This is a painful inflammation of the anterior tibial tendon. Tenderness is found over the tendon, especially at the insertion to the medial cuneiform bone. Patients that have had a sedentary life style that decide to go for a run can overwork this muscle. This can become very tender and is often confused with shin splints.

The anterior tibial tendon helps dorsiflex the foot so it can clear the floor during the swing phase of gait, to decelerate the foot to the ground at heel strike and helps to hold up the medial longitudinal arch. This being said treatment should include supporting the medial longitudinal arch. A custom molded biomechanical orthotic to balance the mechanics of the foot usually provides comfort.

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