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The Causes of Peroneal Tendonitis

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You’ve been getting the most out of these longer-lit hours. Perhaps you’ve been running a lot more, or playing tennis at Edgewood Park (or even skating there; we don’t judge by age). But lately you’ve been feeling pain and swelling just below that bony nub on the outside of your ankle, and your handsome podiatrist says it’s peroneal tendonitis. What gives?

The peroneal tendons are an important part of stabilizing your feet and ankles, but can become injured just like any other soft tissue in your body. In many cases, the linings around tendons can become irritated as they glide along a bone for leverage. This is medically known as tenosynovitis, but we will never quiz you on that.

Playing sports with repetitive ankle motions can lead to wear and tear of the tendons, especially if the activity has suddenly been increased without proper conditioning. Running long distances on a slope, such as a curved road, can also place more stress on the tilting of the ankle, which in turn places more stress on the peroneal tendons.

An ankle sprain can also be a common cause of peroneal tendonitis, as an extensive rolling inward of the ankle can strain the tendons. The tendons might also briefly slip out of their normal resting place. The more unstable the ankle becomes, the more the tendons might have to work to provide support, which can also lead to tendonitis during the recovery period from a sprain.

Regardless of how your peroneal tendonitis developed, the important part is receiving the treatment and post-healing recovery you need. Dr. Sanjay Patel and the staff at Family Foot Care & Surgery are here for you. Simply give us a call at one of our two offices: (203) 876-7736 for Milford or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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