Do you feel unstable when you are walking or running, have weakness in the ankle, or have outer foot pain? You could have issues with your peroneal tendons. 

What Are Your Peroneal Tendons

These tendons connect your foot to your lower leg. There are two peroneal tendons in each foot. One, peroneus longus, runs from the outer ankle down to the bottom of the foot, while the peroneus brevis runs from the outer ankle to the middle of the foot. 

Playing an important daily role in stabilizing your foot when walking, running, or jumping, the peroneal tendons can exhibit pain when damaged or under stress. Causes of peroneal tendon injuries can stem from sports or movement involved in repetitive or excessive ankle motion, and having high arches can put you at a higher risk of problems.

Symptoms of Peroneal Tendon Injury 

  • Peroneal Tendon InjuriesPain, swelling, warmth to the touch
  • Pain, swelling, weakness, or instability in the foot or ankle. 
  • Sporadic Pain on the outside of the ankle, weakness or instability in the ankle
  • Increase in the height of the arch of the foot. 
  • A snapping feeling of the tendon around the ankle bone. 

Your Healthmark podiatrist will examine and determine the proper diagnosis and treatment for your peroneal tendon injury. An X-ray or advanced imaging method, such as a dynamic ultrasound, may be needed to evaluate your case fully. Dynamic ultrasound is used to see how the tendons move, separating how much pain is with motion and not with motion.

Treatment of Peroneal Tendon Injury 

  • Rest 
  • Immobilization with cast or splint
  • Compression or Bracing
  • Ice
  • Medication
  • Elevation of the Foot
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Surgery to repair the tendon(s) may sometimes be needed.
  • Ultrasound-guided injections by specialist

Are you looking for a peroneal tendon injury specialist in Philadelphia?

If you are looking for peroneal tendon care in Philadelphia, PA? Contact an experienced Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associate podiatrist today.