MLS Laser Therapy Offers Non-Surgical Alternative for Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (TTD) is a very common acute injury that can be caused from a fall or overuse of the posterior tibial tendon. While TTD is more likely to occur in women and those over 40, it is also very common among athletes due to the constant strain and impact put on the foot.
The tibial tendon’s job is to hold the leg muscle to the bones in the feet and provide support to the arch of the foot when walking. When the tendon becomes inflamed or torn, it can no longer provide the needed support and overtime it will cause the arch to lay flat, thus causing one to have a flat foot.
Symptoms that may occur with TTD are: Pain on the outside of the ankle which is due to a shifting of the foot bones, pain that worsen with activity or pain along the foot and ankle where the tendon lies.
There are several methods for treating TTD. Start by resting your feet, taking an anti-inflammatory and applying ice packs daily. If you are not finding any relief, your podiatrist may suggest orthotic inserts to help provide support to your arch, but this doesn’t help with the inflammation. The most invasive option for treating TTD is surgery where the doctor will either remove the inflamed area of the tendon, add a new tendon to the area or even try cleaning the tendon. With TTD surgery should be the last resort for treatment.
This is where MLS laser therapy can be of assistance. Pain associated with TTD is due to inflammation and tearing of the posterior tibial tendon. The MLS laser has the ability to penetrate through the skin to the tendon and encourage healing at a cellular level and reduce inflammation! It is a non-invasive form of treatment and requires zero analgesics! Most patients will see positive results within 1-3 treatments and it is performed in the comfort of your own doctor’s office. Because there is not a surgical site and the device encourages cell reproduction, your healing time is much faster than traditional methods.
If you are suffering from Tibial Tendon Dysfunction talk to your podiatrist to find out if MLS Laser Therapy is right for you. To schedule an appointment with our office, please give us a call at (707) 578-1222.