Tibialis anterior tendonitis (Leg pain) and its Treatment

Tibialis anterior tendonitis?

Tibialis anterior tendonitis is a painful condition that affects the anteromedial side of the ankle. This issue develops when the tendon becomes inflamed as a result of overuse (repeated dorsiflexion and inversion) or an ankle injury (like sprain & strain, etc.). If this condition is not addressed, it can progress to tendon rupture and, in extreme cases, tibialis anterior muscle weakening, resulting in foot drop. So, if you notice any symptoms, see a sports physiotherapist right away for an examination and treatment.

The tibialis anterior muscle and tendon work together to dorsiflex (raise the foot). This condition is frequent in athletes, particularly football players, runners, cricket ballers, hockey players, tennis players, badminton players, and basketball players, as well as athletes whose sports require abrupt acceleration, jumping, and excessive dorsiflexion.

Tibialis anterior tendonitis manifests as pain and stiffness in the anteromedial aspect, soreness, swelling, a blocking sensation in dorsiflexion, instability, discomfort with squatting, running, stair climbing, and a sense of ankle weakness. Walking or running exacerbates the discomfort.

PHYSIOTHERAPY MANAGEMENT OF TIBIALIS ANTERIOR TENDONITIS-

  • Cryo compression treatment is used to treat pain and swelling. It also accelerates functional recovery.
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ECSWT) is used to relieve pain and improve recovery.
  • Manual therapy such as joint manipulation & mobilization.
  • Also, Tendon gliding.
  • Chiropractic care. To alleviate pain, increase function, and assist the body in healing itself.
  • Training for single-leg balance. Because they separate the right and left side muscles, IT increases strength and balance on both sides.
  • Dorsiflexor muscle group stretching./
  • Exercising for strength with increasing resistance.
  • Use a thera band to exercise.
  • Protocol for ankle stability.
  • Taping for joint stability with Kinesio tape. Kinesiology tape helps to stabilize an injured location by delicately adhering to the skin and exerting pressure on the tissues wrapped around it.
  • Jump from one leg to another leg for controlled landing training.
  • Progress to lunges, & squatting.
  • Plyometric training.
  • Also, Agility training.
  • In addition, Sports-specific training.
  • And return to the game program.

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