What are the Symptoms of Peroneal Tendonitis?

What are the Symptoms of Peroneal Tendonitis?

Peroneal tendonitis is the inflammation of the peroneal tendons, which run along the outer side of the lower leg and foot. This condition is often associated with overuse, injury, or repetitive stress on these tendons. Symptoms of peroneal tendonitis can vary but commonly include:

  1. Pain Along the Outer Ankle or Lower Leg:
    • Pain along the outer side of the ankle or lower leg, often near the bony bump (lateral malleolus) of the ankle.
  2. Swelling and Tenderness:
    • Swelling and tenderness over the peroneal tendons, which can be felt by pressing on the outer side of the ankle or lower leg.
  3. Pain During Activity:
    • Pain that worsens with activities that involve ankle movement, such as walking, running, or standing for prolonged periods.
  4. Stiffness and Restricted Movement:
    • Stiffness in the ankle, limiting range of motion and flexibility.
  5. Clicking or Snapping Sensation:
    • A clicking or snapping sensation may be felt around the ankle or lower leg, especially during movement.
  6. Weakness in the Foot or Ankle:
    • Weakness in the muscles around the ankle or foot, affecting stability and balance.
  7. Difficulty Standing on Toes:
    • Difficulty standing on tiptoes or raising the heel off the ground due to pain and weakness.
  8. Pain When Inverting or Everting the Foot:
    • Pain when trying to turn the foot inward (inversion) or outward (eversion).
  9. Increased Pain After Rest:
    • Pain and stiffness in the morning or after periods of rest, which may subside with movement but return as the day progresses.
  10. Gradual Onset:
    • Symptoms typically develop gradually over time with increasing activity or after an injury.
  11. Instability in the Ankle:
    • A feeling of ankle instability or a sensation that the ankle is giving way.
  12. Warmth and Redness:
    • Inflammation may cause the area around the tendon to become warm and red.

It’s important to consult a healthcare professional, such as an orthopedic specialist, for a thorough evaluation and accurate diagnosis of peroneal tendonitis. Treatment may involve rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE protocol), anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, supportive footwear, orthotics, and in severe cases, immobilization or surgery may be necessary to repair or stabilize the peroneal tendons.

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