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If you are experiencing pain on the outer side of your foot, you may have a peroneal tendon injury. This can be a very frustrating injury to deal with, as it can make walking and even standing quite uncomfortable. In this article, we will discuss the causes of peroneal tendon injuries, as well as some treatment options that are available. We hope that this information will help you get back to your everyday activities in no time!

What are the Peroneal Tendons?

The peroneal tendons are a group of two tendons located on the outside of your lower leg. These tendons attach the muscles of your calf to the bones in your foot. The primary function of the peroneal tendons is to stabilize your ankle and help you move your foot outward.

Peroneal tendonitis is a condition that results when the peroneal tendons become inflamed. This can happen due to overuse or an injury to the area. When the peroneal tendons are inflamed, you may experience pain on the outside of your ankle and foot. You may also notice swelling, warmth, and redness in the affected area.

Peroneal tendonitis is a relatively common injury, especially among athletes. This is because the peroneal tendons are constantly being used when you are participating in activities such as running or playing basketball. However, anyone can develop peroneal tendonitis if they sustained an injury to the area or if they overuse their foot and ankle.

What Causes Peroneal Tendon Injuries?

There are a few different things that can lead to a peroneal tendon injury.

Here are some:

  1. One of the most common causes is an ankle sprain. This happens when the ligaments that support your ankle are stretched beyond their limits and tear. This can cause the person to have difficulty moving their foot outward.
  2. Another common cause of peroneal tendon injuries is ankle instability. This occurs when the muscles and ligaments around the ankle are not strong enough to support the joint. This can lead to repeated sprains, as well as pain and swelling in the foot and ankle.

What are the Symptoms of Peroneal Tendon Injuries?

The most common symptom of a peroneal tendon injury is pain on the outer side of the foot and ankle. This pain is typically worse with activity, such as walking or standing. You may also notice swelling and tenderness in the area. If you have a severe injury, you may also hear a popping or snapping sound when the tendon is moved.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a foot and ankle specialist as soon as possible. They will be able to properly diagnose your injury and develop a treatment plan that is best for you.

Your foot and ankle specialist will start by taking your medical history and asking you about your symptoms. They will then do a physical examination of the foot and ankle. This may include moving the foot and ankle in different directions to see where the pain is coming from. You may also need to have an MRI or ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis.

How Are Peroneal Tendon Injuries Treated?

The treatment for a peroneal tendon injury will vary depending on the severity of the injury.

  • If you have a mild injury, your foot doctor may recommend that you rest and ice the area. They may also prescribe medication to help reduce inflammation and pain. Physical therapy is often recommended to help stretch and strengthen the muscles and tendons around the ankle.
  • If you have a more severe injury, your podiatrist may recommend surgery. This is typically only done if there is a complete tear of the tendon. The goal of surgery is to repair the tendon and improve function.

Peroneal tendon injuries can be frustrating injuries to deal with. However, with the proper treatment, you will be on your way to recovery in no time!

Here are some home remedies for peroneal tendon injuries:

– Rest: It is important to rest the foot and ankle as much as possible to allow the tendon to heal.

– Ice: Applying ice to the area can help reduce pain and inflammation.

– Compression: Wearing a compression bandage can also help reduce swelling.

– Elevation: Keeping the foot elevated above heart level can also help reduce swelling.

Treatment Options for Peroneal Tendon Injuries

Orthotics: Wearing a foot orthotic can help redistribute weight and pressure off of the foot. Rocker bottom shoes: These shoes have a rounded sole that helps reduce stress on the foot. Motion control shoes: These shoes have a stiffer sole that helps control foot movement. MLS Laser Therapy: This is a state-of-the-art treatment option that uses safe laser light to reduce pain and inflammation. Be sure to talk to your foot and ankle specialist about what treatment options are best for you. With the proper treatment, you will be on your way to recovery in no time!

Dealing with a Peroneal Tendon Injury? We can help!

The foot and ankle specialists at our office will develop a treatment plan that is best for you. Your Total Foot Care Specialist and our experienced foot and ankle that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle conditions. We offer a variety of non-surgical and surgical treatment options, including: – Medications Orthotics – Surgery Physical Therapy To learn more about peroneal tendon injuries or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 281.395.FEET (3338) or visit us on our website at We have offices in Katy, Copperfield, Cypress, Memorial/Galleria, and West Houston. We look forward to helping you get back on your feet! Contact us now!