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Peroneal Tendonitis

What is Peroneal Tendonitis?

This occurs when the peroneal tendons located in the lower leg become inflamed due to an increased load and overuse of the tendons. It is a common term for peroneal tendinopathy.

Can physiotherapy help people with peroneal tendonitis?

Yes. Physiotherapy is effective in the treatment of peroneal tendonitis and surgery is very rarely recommended.

What are the causes of peroneal tendonitis?

  • Activities that involve repetitive ankle motions

  • Overuse

  • A sudden increase in training intensity

  • Inadequate and unsupportive foot wear

  • Improper training techniques

  • Muscle imbalance

  • High foot arch

  • Inadequate rehabilitation following an ankle injury e.g. an ankle sprain

How do I know if I have peroneal tendonitis?

  • Pain at the back of the ankle

  • Pain that worsens during activity and lessens during rest

  • Pain when turning the foot in or out

  • Swelling at the back of the ankle

  • Instability of the ankle when bearing weight

  • The area is warm to the touch

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