Peroneal Tendinopathy

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What is a Peroneal Tendinopathy and How did you get it?


What is it?

Peroneal tendinopathy is a pathological state of the peroneal tendons or its associated sheath which then protects the tendons as it changes course around boney structures. The term tendinopathy refers to a pathological state of a tendon. A tendon may become inflamed, thickened or suffer tears. There are different stages of tendinopathy relating to the structural form of the tendon.  Two common terms used to describe these stages are tendinitis and tendinosis.

The peroneal tendons are a group of 3 tendons in the outside of the lower leg which provide dynamic stability to the foot and ankle. The action of the tendons is to evert, or resist inversion of the ankle during activity.  The two lateral tendons are most commonly affected by tendinopathy.

What are the Symptoms of Peroneal Tendinopathy?

People with peroneal tendinopathy may experience symptoms such as:

  • Gradual worsening pain over the outside of the ankle
  • Pain during or after weight-bearing activities.
  • Pain with turning the foot in or out
  • Instability around the ankle when weight bearing

What Causes Peroneal Tendinopathy?

Many different factors can cause peroneal tendonitis, including

  • A sudden increase in weight-bearing activities, mainly walking, running or jumping.
  • Inadequate or unsupportive footwear
  • Muscle imbalances of the lower limb
  • Poor lower limb biomechanics
  • Incomplete rehabilitation following an acute ankle injury, such as an ankle sprain

In addition, it may occur as a result of either trauma or overuse.   Inversion injury will stretch and then potentially tear the tendon if severe.  Overuse tendinopathy results from excessive loads to the tendon over time. Hence, Peroneal tendinopathies can be frustrating injuries if not managed correctly. Also, treatment depends on the type of peroneal tendon injury.

Above all, if you are suffering from this condition,  one of  our podiatrist can assist and give the right management protocols for your condition.
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