Painful condition affecting tendons
Peroneal Tendonitis is a painful condition affecting two of the tendons that support the foot.
Your peroneal tendons start on the outside of your calf and run down behind your outside anklebone. The shorter tendon attaches to your fifth metatarsal (the bone behind your small toe), while the longer runs along the bottom of your foot and attaches to your first metatarsal (behind your big toe).
Tension is placed on your peroneal tendons every time you take a step. The amount of tension differs depending on the shape of your foot (high or low arch) and your foot alignment.
Peroneal Tendonitis causes pain along the course of your peroneal tendons when walking, exercising or simply standing, which increases over time until pain is present even when resting. Without treatment, the injury to your peroneal tendons can result in a full or partial tendon tear.
It is important to see your Podiatrist as soon as possible if suspect you have Peroneal Tendonitis, as the type of treatment you need can depend on how long your symptoms have been present.
One of the most important ways of treating Peroneal Tendonitis is custom orthotics, designed specifically to reduce tension on your peroneal tendon by supporting your foot and correcting any abnormality in foot alignment. The correct orthotic can not only help to heal an injured tendon, but can also prevent a recurrence.
Symptoms of Peroneal Tendonitis include pain and swelling along the outside of your ankle, often accompanied by pain on the outside of your foot. If you think you might suffer from Peroneal Tendonitis, contact us.