Peroneal Tendonitis

What is it and how is it treated?

What Is Peroneal Tendonitis?

Peroneal tendonitis is a condition that affects the tendons in your foot and ankle. It can cause pain and swelling and impair function. Peroneal tendon injuries can be felt on the outside of your foot and your lower leg when walking and running. It is also known as peroneal tendinopathy. 

The orthopedic doctors at OrthoNeuro in Columbus, Ohio, are specially trained to help you understand your condition and the reasons why you are feeling symptoms. They can offer an accurate diagnosis and specialized treatments to get you moving pain-free again. 

This article will help you learn more about the symptoms and treatment of peroneal tendonitis and the expected recovery time before you can resume your everyday activity. 

What Are the Peroneal Tendons?

You have two peroneal tendons in each foot. They are two tough bands of tissue that stabilize the ankle and the foot while weight-bearing. They arise from the peroneal muscles on the outside of the lower leg. The two tendons are found behind your outer ankle bone.

Running parallel to each other, one peroneal tendon attaches from about the middle of the foot on the exterior side to the smallest toe. The other one is found beneath the foot and attaches to the inside of the foot’s arch.

The peroneal tendons protect the foot and ankle from sprains and other injuries. 

What Causes Peroneal Tendonitis?

Peroneal tendonitis can occur because of the following reasons:

  • Overuse – Those who perform repetitive ankle motion, such as long-distance running or interval training, can develop peroneal tendonitis. This is especially the case if the running surface is uneven.
  • Tight calf muscles – Tension in the tendons can cause them to rub and get aggravated.
  • Ankle injuries – Repetitive ankle injuries can weaken the area and put more tension on the tendons. 

Who Is More Likely to Develop Peroneal Tendonitis?

Certain risk factors will increase your chances of developing peroneal tendonitis. They include:

  • Faster runners – Running at a faster pace will increase your risk. 
  • Arched feet – Higher arches will add an extra strain.
  • Tight calves – Greater tension in your calves will lead to an increased risk. 

How Will I Know if I Have Peroneal Tendonitis?

If you have pain and swelling in the ankle, then you may have peroneal tendonitis. It is often characterized by pain running along the outer part of the foot and lower leg. You may also have general ankle pain or pain in your foot when you wake up in the morning. 

If the pain continues after resting, you should get a proper diagnosis from an orthopedic doctor at OrthoNeuro. They can perform a full examination of the ankle and foot to diagnose the problem and administer specialized treatment. 

How to Treat Peroneal Tendonitis?

Like many sports injuries and conditions, the first line of treatment is to reduce swelling and relieve pain. You can do this using ice and anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen. It’s also important that you rest to give the tendons time to recover. 

If your peroneal tendon injury is more advanced, then other treatments can be used to help recovery. They may include:

  • Orthotics
  • Splint or brace
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation 
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection

What Is Recovery Like for Peroneal Tendonitis?

You will need to rest for your peroneal tendon to heal. Resuming activity too quickly may result in the pain and swelling returning. However, you can expect the recovery time to be quicker than other foot and ankle conditions. You can expect to return to activities after 2-4 weeks, depending on the severity of your condition. 

Feet are complex anatomical structures and propulsion engines that are instrumental to overall health and well-being. OrthoNeuro in Columbus, Ohio, offers a full scope of orthopedic foot, ankle, and podiatry services. They treat all foot problems, ankle problems, and lower leg conditions.

The foot and ankle specialists team at OrthoNeuro takes pride in their holistic approach, offering patients medical and surgical treatment options for conditions affecting the lower extremity. They know that comprehensive care is the best way to treat the entire range of foot and ankle pain, injuries, and disorders. 

If you have an acute injury or live with chronic foot and ankle pain, call OrthoNeuro today or make an appointment online for expert foot and ankle care in Columbus, Ohio. 

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  • If you have been suffering from symptoms of peroneal tendonitis, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 
  • The decision of what treatments is best for you will be determined by what you and your OrthoNeuro Specialist feel is best. 
  • Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.

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