Peroneal tendonitis

What is peroneal tendonitis?

Peroneal tendonitis is inflammation of the peroneal tendons in the foot. The peroneal tendons run from the outside of the lower leg, behind the ankle and down to the foot.

What does peroneal tendonitis feel like?

Peroneal tendonitis usually causes pain along the outside of the foot, ankle or lower leg. Pain may be present with activity such as walking or standing. People with peroneal tendonitis often also have ankle instability.

Discomfort due to peroneal tendonitis will usually occur gradually, increasing over time if aggravating activities are continued. In the initial stage of the condition, pain is not present when at rest, but as the condition progresses pain will be felt even when resting.

What causes peroneal tendonitis?

Repetition and/or high forces can put excess tension on the peroneal tendons leading to damage and inflammation. Activities that are typically related to peroneal tendonitis are walking or running (particularly on uneven ground) or sports that involve frequent change of direction or jumping (such as basketball, netball, dancing).

As the peroneal tendons help to support the foot, everyday stepping can also put stress on these tendons. Certain foot types will be more prone to increased tendon stress (eg, flat feet, high arched feet).

People with supinated feet (feet that roll outward) can be prone to peroneal tendonitis due to tension on the peroneal tendons.

How is peroneal tendonitis treated?

Diagnosis of peroneal tendonitis is usually made on clinical examination, however referral for an MRI scan or ultrasound may be recommended to confirm the diagnosis.

Depending on clinical examination and the length of time that symptoms have been present, treatment can include:

  • Rest and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Exercises and physical therapy
  • Footwear advice and orthotics to reduce tension on the peroneal tendons and prevent recurrence of the problem

Surgery is rarely necessary for this condition. However in severe cases surgery may be necessary to clean around and repair any defects in the tendon.

Visit Us Today

Brisbane CBD

LEVEL 13, 97 CREEK ST
BRISBANE Q 4000

Phone: 07 3229 9959
Fax: 07 3053 3128

Toowong

4/621 CORONATION DRIVE
TOOWONG Q 4066

07 3462 0268
07 3053 3128

Chermside

SUITE 15, LEVEL 2
956 GYMPIE ROAD
CHERMSIDE Q 4032

07 3359 8836
07 3350 2822

Morayfield

UNIT 5C, MORAYFIELD GARDENS
197 MORAYFIELD ROAD
MORAYFIELD Q 4506

07 5490 8222
07 3053 3128

North Lakes

1051B/1 N LAKES DRIVE
NORTH LAKES
MANGO HILL Q 4509

07 3491 6099
07 3053 3128

Redcliffe

2 Dorall Street
KIPPA RING Q 4021

07 3889 5551
07 3053 3128

Strathpine

UNIT 1, 427 GYMPIE ROAD
STRATHPINE Q 4500

07 3881 3995
07 3053 3128

Logan

SHOP 1
1 WEMBLEY ROAD
LOGAN CENTRAL Q 4114

07 3299 2222
07 3053 3128

Robina

EASY T MEDICAL CENTRE
42 SCOTTSDALE DRIVE
ROBINA Q 4226

07 5503 6399
07 5575 8906

Mobile Podiatry

Entire Podiatry can provide mobile podiatry services in the comfort of your own home, at hospitals, nursing homes, for those who find it difficult to travel to a local clinic, or for anyone who does not want to visit a clinic at this time.

To book a mobile podiatry visit, please contact us on 1800 4 ENTIRE (1800 4 368 473) or fill in the enquiry form below.

Enquire Now