Like most Musculo-Skeletal problems, pain into the peroneal tendons can vary from person to person. Generally, peroneal pain presents as pain with a gradual onset into the outside of the ankle. Peroneal tendon pain can also present as pain into the outside of the foot or even the outside of the leg.
The peroneal tendons work to stabilize the ankle and protect the ankle against sprains. Peroneal tendon pain tends to be seen in patients after a severe ankle sprain or recurrent ankle sprains. This is referred to as chronic ankle instability.
– Ankle swelling
– Redness over the ankle joint
– Clicking, popping or locking
– Joint instability
– Change in sensation such as numbness or tingling
– Joint stiffness
– Inability to weight bear on the foot and ankle
– Ankle Co-ordination work
– Ankle braces
– Footwear recommendations
TFC podiatrists are highly trained in diagnosing and treating Peroneal Tendon pain. Peroneal tendonitis is usually diagnosed in the Podiatry clinic, if required your Podiatrist will refer you to get scans, these will usually be either an MRI or an Ultrasound.
Diagnosing and assessing peroneal tendonitis will usually include a gait analysis as well as a thorough stregnth and muscle assessment.
It is important to treat peroneal tendonitis promptly if left untreated peroneal tendonitis can become extremely painful and limit weight-bearing. Treatment should be focused on reducing pain and increasing function. Prevention should be focused on addressing any deficits in stregnth and co ordination through the ankle.