Assessment and Diagnosis of Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction: Do We Share the Same Opinions and Beliefs?

Beverley Durrant, Nachiappan Chockalingam, Christopher Morriss-Roberts

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Background: Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction is a disabling pathologic flatfoot disorder. Evidence supports the notion that this condition is poorly diagnosed by health-care professionals. In addition, opinion is divided as to the most appropriate assessment and diagnostic techniques used to reflect the progression or stage of the condition. Hence, this study intended to explore the views and opinions of health-care professionals who may be involved in its assessment and diagnosis. Methods: A two-phase sequential mixed methods design was used that combined a questionnaire survey and a focus group interview. Results: The questionnaire data were analyzed using the Kendall levels of concordance and the Cohen kappa statistic, and the focus group data were analyzed using thematic analysis, which led to three main themes: resource implications, scope of practice, and awareness of the condition. Conclusions: This study highlights what may have been suspected previously but that has never been investigated in a structured manner. One approach to the assessment and diagnosis of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction is not necessarily the best, and depending on the clinical teams, different guidance may be required to ensure that patients are receiving the most appropriate and best care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-32
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of The American Podiatric Medical Association
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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