Peroneal Tendonitis Treatment in Mason City, IA
Tendonitis of the peroneal tendons is a common injury among athletes and those who have recently increased the intensity of their training. With sprain mimicking pain, or in some cases a snapping sensation, peroneal tendonitis may leave your ankles exposed and vulnerable to injury.
Unlike the Achilles tendon, the peroneal tendons are responsible for controlling the alignment of the foot, specifically keeping the heel and ankle inline. With a weak or inflamed peroneal tendon(s) you end up with a slight bowing outward of the ankle, the heel pointing inward. This condition is known as hindfoot varus posture. If the condition is pre-existing, you're more likely to develop tendonitis of the peroneal tendons.
There are two peroneal tendons, the brevis and the longus (short and long respectively). They both have the responsibility of supporting ankle/heel alignment, but connect to the body at different points (beyond the scope of this article).
What Are The Causes of Peroneal Tendonitis?
This specific case of tendonitis is common among athletes - like runners who repeatedly use their ankles or engage in repetitive changes in direction. This is seen in tennis, football, basketball players and even golfers. Poor training posture/technique can cause peroneal tendonitis, as can bad shoes that don't adequately support your foot.
How is Peroneal Tendonitis Diagnosed?
The first step to treating peroneal tendonitis is a diagnosis. Your doctor will need to know the specifics of your training, sport or workout. What activities you perform, what sport, if you recently increased the intensity of your workout and - in some cases - the terrain where you train are all key to an accurate diagnosis. If left untreated, peroneal tendonitis can result in a weakened tendon and an increased risk of ankle sprain.
Several diagnostic tests may be performed, including:
Peroneal Tendonitis Treatment
To start, your physician may recommend a simple RICE regimen; rest, ice, compression and elevation as a home care treatment. The majority of cases heal over time with rest or following the RICE method. A CAM Walker boot may also be used if there is considerable pain present. Sometimes an ankle brace is recommended to support the ankle during tendon recovery, a precautionary measure in preventing a sprain.
Physical therapy is used to help strengthen the tendons and avoid further injury. Some methods may include:
- Ultrasound therapy
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
If your symptoms don't improve after a year of non-invasive treatment, surgery is an option. To request more information about Peroneal Tendonitis today. Call (641) 201-1815 or contact Dr Crispino Santos online.
Regenerative Cell Institute
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