Peroneal tendinopathy is characterised by pain and swelling in the peroneal tendons. These tendons are located in the lower-outside portion of the ankle. Tendons are soft tissues attaching muscles to bones. Muscles involved in this condition are the two peroneal muscles in the lower leg, referred to as the peroneus longus and the peroneus brevis.
This a type of overuse injury often occurring to people associated with activities like dancing, long-distance running, athletics and basketball. People who have had ankle sprains or have weak ankles are also affected easily.
Symptoms Exhibited by Peroneal Tendinopathy:
- Aching pain on the outer side of the ankle which is aggravated by activity.
- Lateral ankle pain that decreases with resta
- Observable swelling or tenderness behind the ankle-bone
- Pain and weakness while trying to move the foot in an outward direction
- Walking on a slopped terrain is painful
- Stretching the foot outward is painful
Your physical therapist will conduct thorough check-up, which might also include discussion of your health history. Strength and motion tests on your ankle is a vital part of evaluation. Studying your gait and checking for any muscle weakness in the entire leg is another part of diagnosis. Podiatrists providing foot-care solutions ranging from heel pain treatment to ankle tendinitis and bunions recovery, suggest that wearing a faulty shoe might be the reason behind peroneal tendinopathy.
Care from a Physical Therapist:
Immediate treatment for peroneal tendinopathy is necessary because ignoring this condition may lead to severe muscle injury. A tendon left without treatment can tear, causing severe damage. With an early diagnosis, peroneal tendinopathy can be cured and comfort can be achieved with professional help.
The treatment for peroneal tendinopathy is variable depending on the severity of the injury. This injury, in the acute phase, starts showing signs of recovery after a few weeks of treatment. Treatment in this stage is aimed at reducing load and allowing the irritated tendon to settle.
Once the pain lessens, you could be taken under home exercise programmes and that would stabilise your range of motion. By that time, your lower limb muscles should strengthen, thereby improving your body balance.
If you are already facing problems with your heel and ankle, then you should get in touch with Jill Hunter right away. Ignoring your problem may delay the treatment, causing you potential damage.