Peroneal Tendon Injury/Overuse: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment - Dr Foot Podiatry

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Peroneal Tendon Injury/Overuse


Peroneal Tendon Injury/Overuse


Peroneal Tendon injury is the damage of two tendons located near the outer ankle. These tendons help balance the ankle. When there is an injury, swelling and pain can be felt around the ankle.

How did this happen?

  • Inappropriate footwear
  • Trauma to the ankle
  • Overexerted the tendons through walking, running, or standing
  • The higher arched foot is at higher risk of developing the condition

What should I do?

  • Rest the affected foot and avoid activities that cause pressure to be applied to the foot
  • Wear appropriate footwear
  • Ice packs can help reduce inflammation
  • The use of anti-inflammatory medication can provide temporary pain relief
  • Seek help from a podiatrist

What kind of help can I get?

  • A podiatrist can provide guidance on appropriate footwear and may prescribe medical insoles, which can provide support and alleviate symptoms. Exercise therapy, such as specific stretches and strengthening exercises, may be recommended to improve tendon function and promote healing. Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that can help stimulate healing and reduce pain. In cases of larger tears or more severe damage, surgery may be necessary.

How long till it recovers?

  • The recovery time for Peroneal Tendon injury can vary depending on the severity of the injury and the chosen treatment approach. Minor cases may see improvement within a few weeks with appropriate rest and conservative measures. However, recovery after surgical intervention can take longer, typically ranging from 6 to 12 weeks or more, depending on the individual's healing process and post-operative rehabilitation.​​​​​​​

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