Athletes often experience peroneal tendinitis, which is a repetitive stress injury caused by placing abnormal stress on the peroneal tendons. It’s a notorious slow healer, so seek treatment quickly if you experience any of the symptoms so we can get you back in the game as quickly as possible.
To understand peroneal tendinitis, here’s a quick little anatomy lesson. There are two peroneal tendons that stabilize your foot and protect it from sprains. They stretch side-by-side from the fibula (calf bone) down into the foot behind the ankle bone. One connects to the outside of the foot while the other runs under the foot and connects near the inner side of the arch.
When one or both of them become inflamed, that’s called peroneal tendinitis. It’s usually a result of either repetitive overuse or injury, such as a sprained ankle. We see this injury mostly with athletes like runners, skiers, hikers, and basketball and tennis players.
Symptoms include pain or tenderness around the ankle or foot, swelling, stiffness, pain while stretching, a concentrated warm feeling in the foot, and a foot that feels warm to the touch. These symptoms might come on suddenly (acute) following some type of injury or overuse like an intense workout or game, or the pain may come and go over a period of time (chronic).
Peroneal tendinitis can be easily confused with an ankle sprain, so it’s important to see a podiatrist if you begin experiencing any of these symptoms. When you visit our office for an examination, we will take a careful look at the foot and ankle and may do an X-ray or other diagnostic imaging to evaluate the injury and rule out other possible causes of the pain.
In addition to rest, treatment options may include immobilizing the foot with a splint or cast to allow the injury to heal, prescribing anti-inflammatory medications, orthotics, applying ice and physical therapy. Surgery is only used as a last resort and will only be considered if there has been a tear to the tendon. But we always try the most conservative treatments first.
If you are experiencing any foot or ankle pain, call our office at 859-264-1141 for an appointment.
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