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Posterior Tibial Tendonitis??
By FanciieeFeetmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Sep 11, 2011 09:12 AM

OK so I have literally been back to dancing 5 MINUTES and I was really looking forward to getting back into competition in November/December but now it looks like I'm not.

I have this pain on the inner arch of my foot and it has to be one of the worst pains I have ever experienced. I have had pain in the area before but its only been mild and sometimes I get cramps in the arches of my foot but that doesn't really bother me. Yesterday morning at dancing my ankle kept sort of popping behind the bit that sticks out of the ankle if that makes sense so I thought I had some sort of ankle injury because it really hurt. Then yesterday afternoon I was practicing and I was getting really bad pains in the inner part of my foot and along the arch. I could barely put pressure on my foot so I took my shoe and sock off and it was really swollen and stiff. I had to keep icing it on and off for nearly 3 hours for the swelling to start to subside. Today it has been a bit swollen, stiff and painful. I hurts to stand on my toes and feels a bit painful when I put my foot flat on the floor. Also my foot turns in slightly, so from the back my ankle looks sort of wonky if that makes sense, and I am walking on the inner part of my foot. I am pretty sure its Posterior tibial tendonitis, from the location of the pain and the swelling. Obviously I can't be 100% certain and I will go and see my doctor but I can't get an appointment until Thursday/Friday.

Has anyone else ever had this? I was wondering if they had the same symptoms, I am going with the ones that are online but you can never be too sure. Also what treatment did you have? I read that they could put a cast on you for like 6 weeks. I am not looking for a diagnosis I would just like to hear other peoples experiences before I get to the doctor.
Thanks

9 Replies to Posterior Tibial Tendonitis??

re: Posterior Tibial Tendonitis??
By bmhse
On Sun Sep 11, 2011 09:34 AM
I had something very similar, called plantar fasciitis. I have flat feet so by trying to go higher and higher on my toes strained my arch making it extremely painful to dance. I actually competed with the pain at its height and had to ice my foot in-between each dance and that caused it to become very stiff. Your best best is to just push through it. I never stopped practicing and I competed several times and as long as you rest after dance with alternating ice and heat it should start to let up.

I hope this kind of helps.
re: Posterior Tibial Tendonitis??
By boleyngrrl
On Sun Sep 11, 2011 09:55 AM
Did you stretch before class? Did you stretch your feet especially--feet are important to stretch and it's rare anyone does. From what you described and your situation I'd guess it's more plantar fasciitis, but it could just be my interpretation of your description, and therefore totally wrong. Tendonitis usually comes from overuse, and you've been resting for awhile, right?

Posterior tib tendonitis sucks. Plain and simple. It's painful, it takes time and patience to heal, and it can come back. For me, it was a pain more on the outside of my foot for me, but it varies. You just have to keep your head up. It's September. You have PLENTY of time to get back in shape for your competition, even if they do put you in a cast for 6 weeks, and I'm NOT saying they will. However, attitude is just as important as treatment. Keep your head up, stay positive, and keep hoping for the best. Yeah, it sounds cheesy, but if you wallow in pain and sadness and anger from your injuries you'll NEVER heal, because you'll never let yourself. Just do what the doctor says, rest, be patient.

Feel better soon and good luck!
re: Posterior Tibial Tendonitis??
By FanciieeFeetmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:06 AM
Thanks for your comments.

I have sort of been back since mid-august. The first week I did four hours and then went straight back up to six. Probably not a good idea but I thought it would be alright. I have had pain in my arches a lot of the time while I have been dancing even before I took a break. The pain has been more frequent over the past two weeks ( probably should have mentioned that in the original post) but I didn't really think much of it until the whole ankle popping thing.

Yes I did stretch and warm up my feet before class, although I don't know if I am doing it properly but thats always how I have done it.
re: Posterior Tibial Tendonitis??
By whatsupcupcakemember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:39 AM
Don't just push through it!

Wait until you meet with your doctor and see what they say. I've been dancing with Plantar Fasc since about January, and I had it a couple of years before that. It has required special strengthening exercises, a lot of stretching, painful physical therapy. In my most recent PT session, they told me that I'm at risk of getting heel spurs if I keep the intensity of my dancing up. That was a wake up call and I'm re-evaluating my dance schedule and what else I can do to help my foot to heel.

Some days have been better than others, but dancing has not been pain free for a while now. It's frustrating and I just try to stay within my limits. Don't over-do it and risk an even greater injury.

Good luck! Your doctor can help you to diagnose it and get you back on track to keep up with dancing. Just keep doing what they recommend (icing, specific exercises, etc).
re: Posterior Tibial Tendonitis??
By ID_Addict
On Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:07 AM
I've been fighting with Posterior Tibial Tendonitis for exactly a year now...and yes it hurst and it sucks, and as others have siad it can come back. I had to take 9 weeks off dancing completely and went to a physio who gave me all sorts of exercises and she also strapped it up.

I went for shock wave therapy (that sounds more ominous than it really is, although it does hurt a bit) that was supposed to speed up the healing process, but I really don't think it did anything.

It is frustrating, but you really do have to rest it because it's a tendon we use a heck of a lot in ID so it's difficult to get back to dancing properly if you rush it.

I don't want to give you a completely negative outlook on this, but am just giving you mt experiences of it (so sorry if it sounds a bit doom and gloom).

I have been fully back at dancing since about April this year (the injury occured in mid August last year). BUt I still have to do PT exercises every day and I have to stap it up when I dance and ice it afterwards....not an ideal situation and sometimes it really hurst for a week or so and I have to hold bakc a bit, but I
m able to dance which is the most important thing.
re: Posterior Tibial Tendonitis??
By FanciieeFeetmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:07 AM
I am trying to be careful, I have been resting and icing my foot on and off all day. I looked up plantar fasciitis and I do have symptoms similar to that. Although I don't have pain in my heels or under my foot. I have lots of pain and swelling on the inner side and my inner ankle.
re: Posterior Tibial Tendonitis??
By irishmamamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sun Sep 11, 2011 07:32 PM
Physician Assistant answering here-Plantar Fasciitis does not cause swelling, only pain. If you have swelling, that is a sure sign that there is significant inflammation in the tendon, the muscle or the bone. GO TO THE DOCTOR (yes, I am shouting) and do NOT dance on it until you find out what is going on. If you want to get back into dancing, trying to put weight and jumping on a really sore foot is a bad way to try. Really, you need a medical evaluation. Rest ice and elevate and make an appt. Good luck!
re: Posterior Tibial Tendonitis??
By FanciieeFeetmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:09 PM
Thanks for your comments,

I can't get to the doctors until Friday at the earliest, it might even have to be Monday. I am not too happy about it as I really want to know whats up. I am not going to any dance classes this week and I am not doing P.E. My mum is a bit annoyed about it, she doesn't want me to miss dance and P.E and doesn't really want to send me to the doctors either because she doesn't think its that bad. I have been trying to ice it as much as I can and thats all I can do for now. I will keep you posted.
re: Posterior Tibial Tendonitis??
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On Tue Jul 24, 2018 05:41 AM
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