Peroneal Tendonitis? Symptoms And Treatment Tips

The peroneal tendons are two tendons that run down the outside of the ankle and then down beneath the foot towards the arch of the foot. The other part of the tendon runs to the outside of the foot where it attaches to the bone. This tendon can stretch or tear easily leaving you with pain or inflammation. If you are active, you may have had experience with this type of injury. Read on for symptoms and tips to help treat the condition.

Symptoms Of Peroneal Tendonitis

Some of the signs that you may experience with this condition include:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Skin warm to the touch
  • Aching on the exterior of the ankle (above or below)
  • Numbness on the exterior of the ankle

If you are a runner, you may have had experience with this type of pain before. This may have been due to you rolling your ankle while you were running. If you are active in sports, you may have also had experience with this type of pain before as well. Chances are if you have injured your ankle once before, you may be more susceptible to re-injuring this part of your ankle again. This is because once it is injured it weakens the area.

Treatment Tips For Peroneal Tendonitis

If you've experienced the pain listed above and you think it may be due to Peroneal Tendonitis, it's time to visit the podiatrist for an exact diagnosis. Some treatment options you can do at home includes: rest, ice, compression and elevating.

  • Rest your ankle on a pillow for at least 25 minutes a few different times throughout the day. This rest can help alleviate inflammation and aid in healing.
  • Use ice to also reduce inflammation. Use an ice pack (or two) around your ankle, leaving it in place for 10 minutes at a time.
  • Compressing your ankle using tape or compression socks can help reduce inflammation and aid in support while healing.
  • Elevating your ankle can reduce inflammation. Be sure to keep it elevated when resting it. 

Taking over-the-counter pain relievers can also help with pain and aid in healing. Follow the manufacturer's instructions when taking any pain reliever.

To help prevent this type of injury or other ankle or foot injuries, be sure to stretch your feet and ankles. Stretch before doing any type of activity (such as running) or exercise that can cause injury. If you suspect that you have an ankle injury, make an appointment at a foot doctor clinic for diagnosis and treatment options.