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The doctor sat at his desk writing. He turned around, handed me a paper and said, “Go home and Google this. You know you’ll do it anyway”. The paper said tibial posterior tendonitis and I did go home and Google it.

Per The American Health Network….


Tendonitis can be a common problem in the foot as we continuously walk and use our feet on a daily basis. The posterior tibial tendon can be especially prone to tendonitis as it helps to maintain the arch of the foot and prevent excessive flattening (pronation) of the foot while walking, standing or running. Posterior tibial tendonitis can be a precursor to posterior tibial tendon dysfunction where there is progressive loss of strength in the tendon and a progressive flattening of the arch


Symptoms of posterior tibial tendonitis include pain and swelling along the inside of the ankle and arch along the course of the tendon. Pain is present with exercise, extended periods of walking or standing. This discomfort will usually increase as the disease progresses and is localized along the course of the tendon around the inside of the ankle or along the inside of the arch. This pain initially is absent when at rest but may progress to the point where pain is present when even not active. Pain and swelling are signs of injury to the tendon. The sheath or sleeve that surrounds the tendon will produce excessive amounts of lubricating fluid in an attempt to allow the tendon to glide easier during the healing process. This excessive fluid production results in the swelling the patient sees and feels on the inside of the ankle and arch. In advanced cases the injury to the tendon that started as tendonitis may progress to a full or partial tear of the tendon.

Okay, yep, that’s me! Pain and swelling on the inside of the arch and ankle. It hurts a bunch when I first try to get out of bed in the morning. Once I’m up, it’s not awful. As the day progresses, it hurts more and more. By evening, I am in the chair, foot up on ottoman with ice. It sucks, folks!

Being semi sidelined is for the birds. Here is what I can and can’t do…… 1. Absolutely no zumba! 2. Absolutely no walking for exercise! 3. I can do core and upper body work. 4. I can try yoga and see what my foot will tolerate. 5. No exercise that puts weight on the arch of the affected foot.

6. I am supposed to be walking as little as possible and resting the foot. Icing three times a day at the least. Foot elevated as much as possible.