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How do the peroneal tendons get injuried?

In runners when there is discomfort on the outside of the ankle joint and there isn't any sign of trauma, then the more than likely issue is what is referred to as peroneal tendonitis. The peroneal muscle group are on the lateral side of the fibula bone and there tendons pass around the lateral side of the ankle joint to then move to the outside and the bottom of the foot. The key function of these muscles will be to stabilize and support the feet.

If a tendinopathy develops in the tendons of these peroneal muscles in athletes, then the reason is most probably excessive use. This is running too much too quickly and the tendons are not given a chance to adapt to the increasing loads which are put on them from that too rapid increase in the mileage and speeds being run. It is necessary that after hard long runs that the body will be given sufficient relaxation prior to the next load is applied. If a stress is applied too early ahead of the tendons to have had time to restore, then there is a greater risk for an overuse injury.

The symptoms of peroneal tendonitis normally just starts of as a modest ache, either just above or below the ankle joint bone on the outside of the ankle. To begin with there isn't any inflammation, however that will normally develop later since the pain increases when the issue is not taken care of.

To take care of peroneal tendonitis, the athlete needs to cut back the running to bearable levels to allow for the peroneal tendons to get better. Podiatrists commonly use a lateral wedge to handle peroneal tendonitis in the short term as this lessens the activity of the peroneal muscles, so there can be reduced load on the tendons. This goes underneath the heel in the athletic shoes. Right after the pain in the peroneal tendon begins to subside, then a gradual and slow increase is essential in the miles run to allow the tendon to adjust to those loads are essential. A strengthening program is usually very useful.