Peroneal Tendinopathy

Peroneal Tendinopathy Overview

The peroneal tendons help stabilize and move the ankle and foot. Peroneal tendinopathy is peroneal tendon inflammation. Symptoms can be uncomfortable and make it hard to perform many foot and ankle movements. A Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) foot and ankle specialist should diagnose and treat the condition as soon as possible.

Symptoms & Causes

Peroneal tendinopathy symptoms include:

  • Ankle and foot instability
  • Pain
  • Swelling

Common peroneal tendinopathy causes are:

  • High foot arches
  • Inadequate footwear
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Performing physical activities with poor technique
  • Sudden increases in physical activity volume or intensity

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options reduce symptoms and decrease inflammation. After a thorough evaluation, a CONA foot and ankle specialist may recommend:

  • A walking boot
  • Immobilization in a cast, splint or boot
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE)

A corticosteroid injection may be offered for fast-acting symptom relief while other treatment options began to work. Surgery is not a treatment option.

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