Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

I am a 30 yr. old male who has suffered with chronic sprains to my left ankle for most of my life. Two years ago while being treated for another severe sprain, my ortho discovered a fibrous talocalcaneal coalition he said was most likely the cause of the sprains. Last year I began having pain ,swelling, and stiffness along the posterior tibial tendon and noticed my foot seemed to overpronate more than usual. I went back to my doc and was diagnosed with the early stages of PTTD. I was told to wrap my ankle and use my Aircast until the tendon flare-ups went away. He said there wasn't much he could (or maybe would do) without surgery. He said I would need surgery for the tendon, a triple arthrodesis, and lateral ligament reconstruction. My job requires me to be on my feet for most of the day and right now I cannot afford such a long recovery from surgery. The flare ups are increaing in freguency and the brace doesn't seem to be working. What would you do for a patient like me? Should I see another doctor? Sorry for the long message but wanted to give you as much info as possible. Thanks for help. RES

Posted By RES on May 08, 2005 at 08:35:35:

The Shin Splint Compression Wrap applies gentle pressure on soft tissue next to the tibia (shin bone), helping prevent additional tearing of the soft tissue away from the tibia. Compression not only reduces additional damage, it alleviates pain and enhances the healing process.

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