(Tendinopathy, Peroneal; Peroneal Tendonitis; Tendonitis, Peroneal; Peroneal Tendon Injury)
Pronounced: Per-o-NEE-al ten-din-AH-path-ee
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Peroneal tendinopathy is an injury to the tendon along the outside of the ankle bone.
Causes may be:
This problem is more common in people who do sports that use repetitive ankle motions, such as running. Other things that may raise the risk are:
Problems may be:
These problems may cause the arch of the foot to become higher over time.
The doctor will ask about your symptoms, health history, and the sports that you do. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the foot and ankle. This may be enough to suspect the injury.
Images of your foot and ankle may be taken to confirm the injury. This can be done with:
The goal is to ease pain, improve motion, and stop or slow the problem from getting worse. This may be done with:
Some people may need surgery to repair the tendon when other methods do not help.
The risk of peroneal tendinopathy may be lowered by:
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
Achilles tendinopathy. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/achilles-tendinopathy. Updated April 30, 2018. Accessed March 31, 2020.
Peroneal tendinosis. American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society website. Available at: https://www.footcaremd.org/conditions-treatments/ankle/peroneal-tendinosis. Updated 2018. Accessed March 31, 2020.
Peroneal tendon injuries. American College of Food and Ankle Surgeons website. Available at: https://www.foothealthfacts.org/conditions/peroneal-tendon-injuries. Accessed March 31, 2020.
Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Teresa Briedwell, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Last Updated: 3/31/2020
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