Peroneal tendon problems are not among the most common sports injuries, but they’re definitely among the most frustrating. An acute or degenerative tear in one or more of these tendons, or a subluxation in which the tendon slips out of its normal position, can sideline a runner, tennis player or soccer star for weeks, or longer.
Peroneal tendons – there are two on each foot - are bands of tissue that run next to each other behind the outer ankle bone. One peroneal tendon connects to the outer part of the midfoot; the other runs under the foot and connects near the inside of the arch.
Injury of one ore more of the peroneal tendons causes swelling, pain, weakness and instability of the foot and ankle. Peroneal tendon injuries are most often the result of:
If you’re suffering from ankle pain or instability, it’s important to come in for an evaluation. Excessive wear and tear on the peroneal muscles can not only lead to tendon tears, but can also eventually cause the tendons to thicken and change the structure of your foot. At Central Massachusetts Podiatry, peroneal tendon problems are diagnosed with a physical examination. In some cases, advanced imaging may be ordered, as well.
We are highly experienced in treating peroneal tendon injuries and always offer preventative measures as part of this treatment to ensure that you don’t suffer a recurrence. Depending on the type and severity of your pereaonal tendon problem, treatment may include one or more of the following: