Re: Torn posterior tibial tendon
Hi, I have extensive longitudanal tearing in my right one. And unfortunately it's probably been going on for very long time, so I have alot of damage in there, plus my ankle has collapsed inward. My current podiatrist, who is the one who finally diagnosed me, said I personally would want to avoid surgery as long as possible b/c I may end up with more pain afterwards. HOwever, I should mention that I also have osteochondral lesions on my talus bone inside the ankle. So he said all this combined with arthritis woudl make surgery complicated. But, he sent me to have an AFO brace made up, which has actually helped me alot with pain relief. Right now, though, I think the arthritis is acting up, which still hurts, but the brace does help alot. I wish I was offered this brace 20 yrs. ago! It keeps my foot and ankle stable, as long as the brace is closed tightly, there really isnt any movement of my foot. The biggest drawback is I can only wear my sneakers taht it fits into. Havent been able to wear any of my cute shoes or sandals at all. But at this point, i dont care anymore.