For women with pain caused by posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, there does appear to be a link. A study in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy in September 2011 found that middle-aged women with mild posterior tibial tendon dysfunction have weakness in the hip extensors, hip abductors and calf muscles which may cause foot and ankle pain on both the injured and non-injured side. The study involved a control group of women without orthopedic conditions and of comparable ages.
Physical therapists at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation are trained and highly experienced in assessing patients for just such conditions. We determine the contributions of injuries and other conditions toward muscle imbalances above and below the injury site before discussing customized remedial options with the patient.
For athletes, a specific assessment called a Functional Movement Screen is performed. This assessment, designed by Gray Cook, can identify imbalances by taking a patient through a series of movement patterns. These movements may include lunges, squats, push-ups and step ups, all of which enable a relatively quick evaluation and functional assessment.
Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Wyckoff, NJ provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Ridgewood, Wyckoff, and Bergen County region. This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner before engaging in a physical therapy or rehabilitative program.