The tibialis posterior muscle is amongst the more significant muscles in the leg and foot. The posterior tibial muscle is attached to the posterior part in the tibia or leg bone and runs along the medial side of the ankle and its tendon links on the mid-foot (arch area) of the foot. Basically through understanding its connections it has to be evident that its primary function is assisting the arch of the feet. On the other hand, that is not it's primary function and its biomechanics is extremely sophisticated. A failure of this tendon and muscle complex makes a severe progressive flat foot. A recently available episode of the podiatry associated live stream, PodChatLive focused a whole edition to the posterior tibial muscle. The professional questioned by the PodChatLive hosts was Dr Jayishni Maharaj PhD.
In that edition of PodChatLive they went over some revision of the structural anatomy of the posterior tibial muscle and tendon unit as well as what it might perform. The hosts discussed with Jayishni Maharaj what precisely she researched for her Doctor of Philosophy pertaining to its function, function in energy absorption and its effect on subtalar joint motion. They talked over the correlation with foot structure and foot mobility, and also some of the treatment strategies which might be typically applied such as shoe advice, foot inserts along with strengthening exercise routines. The hosts and guest also described one that a lot of clinicians might not be alert to such as widening the step distance. Dr Jayishni Maharaj PhD is a research fellow at the School of Human Movements and Nutrition Sciences in addition to the Centre of Children’s Research at the University of Queensland in Australia. Her scientific studies are is at the junction of biomechanics, rehabilitative and also computer sciences and is centering on studying the partnership between foot structure, biomechanics and injury in the foot. In Jayishni's current position she's working on developing biplanar X-ray radiography, modelling and simulation methods to validate musculoskeletal foot models. She is in clinical practice being a podiatrist 1 day per week.