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By contactus@nashvillepodiatry.com
February 11, 2016
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The posterior tibial tendon is a fibrous cord that extends from a muscle in the leg and runs along the inside of the ankle, down the side of the foot, and into the arch. This tendon is one of the major supporting structures of the arch of the foot. It can become inflamed along the course of the tendon and painful in the instep of the foot where it attaches. It is most common in people who over-pronate (have flat feet) because the tendon is working harder to try to support the arch.

Resting, taking anti-inflammatories, and icing are always a great places to start when trying to reduce pain. Custom orthotics may be necessary to properly support the arch. Another option, but also last resort, is a surgery to place an implant in the foot that prevents the arch from collapsing.

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By contactus@nashvillepodiatry.com
February 01, 2016
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Does your child complain of pain in their heels? They may be suffering from calcaneal apophysitis.

A common youth complaint can be pain in the back or bottom of the heel, and it usually affects 8 to 14 year olds.  As opposed to plantar fasciitis, pediatric heel pain usually is not most painful in the mornings, and walking and running typically make the pain worse.  The most common cause is calcaneal apophysitis which is inflammation of the heel’s growth plate – it can occur in one or both feet.  The inflammation can be caused by muscle strain and repetitive stress from physical activity.  It is important to see your podiatrist to make sure the pain is not caused by a fracture.

Treatment of pediatric heel pain depends on the diagnosis and severity of the pain.  For mild cases, a reduction in activity, oral anti-inflammatory, or cushion in the heel will be all that is needed.  Custom orthotics may be recommended to help properly support the foot as well.  It is advised to choose well-constructed and supportive shoes, such as running shoes, to help prevent pediatric heel pain.

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