Peroneal Pain

Point Cook and Yarraville

DO YOU HAVE PAIN ON THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR ANKLE?

Peroneal Pain

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.

Common associated symptoms:

      Ankle swelling

      Redness over the ankle joint

      Clicking, popping or locking

      Joint instability

      Bruising

      Change in sensation such as numbness or tingling

      Joint stiffness

      Inability to weight bear on the foot and ankle

      Weakness

 

Common Treatment

      Dry needling

      Shockwave therapy 

      Stregnthening

       Ankle Co-ordination work

       Strapping

       Ankle braces

–       Footwear recommendations

       Custom foot orthotics

 

 

Diagnosing:

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.

Treatment and prevention:

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.