Your peroneal tendon wraps around your ankle, giving you stability and strength. If you suffer a painful peroneal tendon tear, you can’t walk without assistance. To get back to your active lifestyle seek out treatment for peroneal tendonitis. In Manhattan, the Sports Injury and Pain Institute of NYC offer peroneal tendonitis treatment in a comfortable, professional environment. Meet our Ankle specialist Febin Melepura M.D. to get the pain relief you need. At Sports Injury and Pain Management Clinic, you are in the safe, reassuring hands of the best sports injury specialists in NYC.
A tendon is a band of tissue that connects muscle to bone. Your peroneal tendons run on either side of your leg and protect your foot and ankle. On the outside of your foot, the tendon connects to the outside of your foot at your little toe. On the inside of your foot, the tendon connects to the inside arch. If you participate in sports or other repetitive motions, your peroneal tendon can injure.
New York residents are known for their strength and resilience. But even the toughest New Yorker can have trouble standing strong when dealing with the pain of tendonitis. The simplest activities can become a challenge when you’re having trouble walking with ankle pain. While peroneal tendonitis is most common among athletes, anyone can be affected.
Your bones provide the structure for your body and your muscles control your motion. Tendons tie them all together to make your body a functional machine. Tendons bind muscle to bone. Your tendons stretch as needed to keep things moving. But tendons are tougher than muscle.
The peroneal tendons are two bands of tissue stretching from your calves to your feet. They help you control the movement of your feet and ankles. Peroneal tendonitis refers to a peroneal tendon tear or other injuries to those tendons. A tear can happen if the tendon is overstretched. When the tendon rubs against the bone, it causes pain, discomfort, and inflammation.
Pain is the primary symptom of peroneal tendonitis. You may notice pain:
Peroneal tendonitis causes swelling, especially at the back of your ankle. Some people with peroneal tendonitis notice that the area feels warm to the touch. Injury to your peroneal tendons causes your ankle to feel unstable. This makes it difficult to bear any weight on that leg.
Peroneal tendonitis is the result of overuse. Excessive training or suddenly beginning a rigorous exercise program can cause a tear. Failure to stretch before starting an activity can lead to a tendon injury. If you are accustomed to physical activity you should still always do a warm-up before working out.
People with high arches or pronate ankles (when you roll to the side) may be prone to developing peroneal tendonitis. This is because your ankles don’t have strong support. The same is true for people who have low muscle tone in the lower extremities. If you’ve suffered an ankle injury such as a sprained or broken ankle and didn’t complete proper treatment for the injury, you’re more likely to develop peroneal tendonitis in the future.
Treatment for peroneal tendonitis starts with an accurate diagnosis. When you visit your Manhattan sports medicine practice, the physician takes a full inventory of your symptoms, along with complete medical history. Disclose any activity that you were involved in prior to the injury. It helps the doctor determine the possible cause.
The next step is a physical exam on your sore foot and ankle. It may be necessary to move it around or apply pressure to determine the points of pain. You may need to have an x-ray, MRI, or other diagnostic tests. Tests rule out problems in the bone or muscle before proceeding with peroneal tendonitis treatment.
The common first step in peroneal tendonitis treatment is rest. You’re in pain because your tendon has been overworked. Resting helps it heal by itself. Your physician may recommend you stay off your feet. Depending on the severity of the injury, your doctor may give you a boot. Wearing a boot helps to immobilize the joint. Bracing the injury is an effective treatment for peroneal tendonitis.
Anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as ibuprofen, relieve your pain and reduce the swelling associated with peroneal tendonitis. Apply ice to reduce the swelling when you notice you’re hurt. In serious cases, the doctor may recommend an injection of cortisone to stop the pain. Surgery is only an option if all other peroneal tendonitis treatments have been unsuccessful.
Physical therapy speeds your recovery and teaches you safer ways to exercise. A physical therapist works with you to devise a plan that allows you to remain active. You can maintain your lifestyle without the risk of further injury to your tendons.
Once the pain and swelling go down and your sports and pain doctor is confident that your tendons have healed, you can return to normal activity. Many people recover from peroneal tendonitis with no further complications. Sometimes, though, peroneal tendonitis becomes chronic or recurring.
To prevent the recurrence of peroneal tendonitis or a peroneal tendon tear:
Peroneal tendonitis pain can either have a quick onset or pain can gradually increase. You will feel pain in the back of the ankle. The pain can feel sharp or achier. It gets worse during activity and lessens during rest.
Your doctor does a physical examination of your ankle. He may move it around to determine what causes pain. He will look for swelling and warmth. Diagnostic testing may be necessary. This may involve an MRI or an x-ray.
It is important to let your peroneal tendonitis heal before returning to your normal activities. Most people heal in about two to four weeks. Chronic tendonitis can take longer to heal- about six weeks. It is important to work with your physical therapist and follow their recommendations to ensure a fast recovery.
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