Peroneal tendonitis is a condition that has similar symptoms to plantar fasciitis except that the inflamed tendons are on the sides of the foot rather than on the bottom. The peroneal longus and peroneal brevis tendons run parallel to each other on the outer side of your foot, and, when these tendons become injured or stressed during work and exercise, extreme pain and debilitation can occur. These tendons help your foot roll properly when you walk and work in conjunction with your calf muscles. They also provide ankle stability.
Some symptoms of peroneal tendonitis include the following:
- Tenderness and pain along one or both tendons on the outside of the foot with radiating pain to the arch and heel areas
- Foot pain that is more pronounced during sports and exercise
- Pain and stiffness when you roll your foot outwards that is also felt during stretching exercises
When peroneal tendonitis is diagnosed early, physical therapy and home treatments involving rest and icing will often be enough for proper healing to occur.
Treatments include the following:
- Rest, icing, and elevation
- Physical therapy exercises for the calf muscles
- Strengthening, flexibility, and balance exercises for the feet and ankles
- Night splints
- Steroid injections
- Custom orthotic shoe inserts
If you have peroneal tendon pain, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have extensive experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors that includes Geoffrey C. Epstein, DPM, Matthew J. Tavroff, DPM, Stuart B. Leon, DPM and Robert J. Leon, DPM is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631)-549-8637 and Briarwood, NY (718)-657-8921.