Tendon Transfer Treatment Offered by Top Foot Doctors in Baltimore

The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

At The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy in Baltimore, our surgeons specialize in innovative treatment options, such as a tendon transfer, to help correct a flat foot deformity.

What is a Tendon Transfer?

A tendon transfer is now one of the most common operations performed around the world to correct a posterior tibial tendon rupture, which is one of the most common causes flat foot.

For the flat foot where the tendon is ruptured but there is not significant deformity, a tendon is usually transferred to replace the torn posterior tibial tendon. It is not possible to repair the torn posterior tibial tendon, since it will quickly stretch out and tear again. 

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How is a Tendon Transfer performed?

The tendon transfer uses a tendon that lies behind the back of the ankle, but is not a critical tendon and can be easily used without causing loss of foot function. The tendon transfer is combined with a cut on the heel bone (called a calcaneal osteotomy). The heel bone needs to be shifted to add support to the tendon transfer on the inside of the ankle. 

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