Peroneal Tendon Problems

One of the most common injuries to the foot is Achilles tendonitis, which occurs when the large tendon on the back of the heel becomes injured. Another less common injury to tendons of the foot can strike the peroneal tendons which run along the side of the foot and allow you to roll your foot to the outside when you are standing up. They also provide support for the arch of the foot. With repeated stress and pressure, these tendons can become inflamed and irritated causing severe pain and an inability to walk on the foot. They may even become dislocated from the fibula bone, hence requiring reattachment.

Oftentimes, an ankle sprain can result in injury to the peroneal tendons, and patients with high arches are more susceptible to peroneal tendon injury.  Dislocation or tearing of one of these tendons can cause severe instability of the entire foot, and without the correct treatment the arch can become abnormally higher, completely altering your foot’s shape.

Treatment of peroneal tendon injuries will consist of removing all weight from the affected foot by using crutches. The tendons need time to move back into their correct position, and a special bandage can be employed to compress the area. A splint may be required to reduce inflammation. In severe cases where the tendon has become detached or torn, surgery may be required.

If you are suffering with tendonitis in your foot, we can help. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions, to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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