Early signs of damage to this tendon can be swelling at the inside of the ankle joint and tenderness in this area. It may be much easier to complete a set of single legged calf raises on the unaffected side compared to the sore side. Typically there will be a deep ache in the area that probably gets worse the more you walk on it. More advanced symptoms may include visible changes to the shape of the arch and stiffness of the foot joints.
How can a Podiatrist help?
The good news is that podiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat Adult acquired flatfoot, so help is at hand.
Consultation with a podiatrist may consist of physical examination of the limbs, muscle and nerve testing and gait assessment. In some cases, diagnostic ultrasound or xrays may be used to confirm the diagnosis, investigate other possible causes or grade the level of injury.
Grading the injury can be important as it will help you and your podiatrist work out an appropriate treatment plan. Treatment will depend partly on the duration of symptoms and stage of injury. Generally this injury will respond quickly to treatment if it is relatively new, but may take longer to resolve if it is a long-term injury (although such injuries can still be successfully treated). Treatment often follows a pattern of reducing the symptoms through offloading and then progressively helping the foot regain its strength and shape. Offloading may consist of taping and footwear modification or possibly orthotics. In some more advanced cases a moon boot may be utilised for a short period of time to keep patients comfortable while we start to re-strengthen that tendon. Exercises and a graded return to activity program also form an important part of the treatment program.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the inside of your ankle joints or any other foot or lower limb pains, give Coomera Wellness Centre a call on 5580 5655 to arrange a consultation with one of our Podiatrists Catherine or Peter.