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Peroneal Tendonitis

Peroneal tendonitis is a common overuse injury characterized by inflammation or irritation of the peroneal tendons, which run along the outside of the ankle and foot. These tendons play a crucial role in stabilizing the ankle and foot during weight-bearing activities such as walking, running, and jumping. Peroneal tendonitis often occurs due to repetitive stress or overuse of the peroneal tendons, leading to microtrauma, inflammation, and degeneration of the tendon tissue. Risk factors for peroneal tendonitis include engaging in activities that involve repetitive ankle movements

Treatment for peroneal tendonitis aims to reduce pain and inflammation, improve tendon function and strength, and address underlying factors contributing to the injury. Conservative measures may include rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) to reduce pain and swelling in the acute phase of the injury. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be used to alleviate pain and inflammation. Physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises are often prescribed to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the ankle and foot, improve ankle stability, and promote proper biomechanics. In cases of severe or chronic peroneal tendonitis that do not respond to conservative measures, more advanced treatment options such as corticosteroid injections, orthotic devices, or surgical intervention may be considered to alleviate symptoms and restore function to the affected area. With proper management and care, most individuals with peroneal tendonitis can expect full recovery and return to their normal activities within a few weeks to months. For more information click here.

or sudden changes in direction, wearing improper footwear, and having biomechanical abnormalities such as high arches or flat feet.

The symptoms of peroneal tendonitis typically include pain, swelling, and tenderness along the outside of the ankle or foot, particularly behind the bony prominence of the ankle (lateral malleolus). Individuals with peroneal tendonitis may also experience weakness, instability, and a sensation of "popping" or "snapping" in the ankle joint. The pain and discomfort associated with peroneal tendonitis may worsen during physical activities such as walking or running, as well as with prolonged standing or when wearing tight shoes. If left untreated, peroneal tendonitis can lead to chronic pain, functional limitations, and an increased risk of developing more severe injuries such as tendon tears or ruptures. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential to alleviate symptoms and prevent further damage to the peroneal tendons.

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