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Washington, PA 15301
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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
September 28, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Orthotics   flatfeet  

In general, flatfeet do not always require medical attention, especially if they are not causing any pain or discomfort. Adult Aquired Flatfoot, however, also known as tibialis posterior tendonitis, is a type of flatfoot that develops when this tendon (which goes from behind the inside of your ankle all the way to the middle of your foot) gets stretched, torn or inflamed. This results in chronic and at times severe pain and eventual disability.

Early Treatment is Best

When patients first begin to experience symptoms of Adult Acquired Flatfoot what we hear most often at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM is that they feel pain and tenderness along the tendon by the ankle. There may also be redness and swelling in the arch of the foot. Left untreated, as more wear and tear are put on the now damaged tendon, a deformity may develop in the foot and ankle shifting the whole alignment of the foot. Arthritis can then occur in the ankle joint.  At this point, treatment and recovery are very difficult.

If you are experiencing pain in this area of your foot, make an appointment at our Washington office. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will do a complete examination of your foot and ankle and most likely order x-rays to diagnose Adult Acquired Flatfoot.  Once a diagnosis is confirmed, the foot doctor has several treatment options available, including:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and inflammation

  • Icing to relieve pain and swelling

  • Rest and immobilization of the affected foot

  • Taping or bracing to relieve pressure on the arch

  •  to reposition the foot and relieve stress


Don’t delay if you are experiencing symptoms of Adult Acquired Flatfoot. Contact our office at (724) 225-7410 and put yourself on the path to pain relief.