Peroneal Tendonitis - North Hampton & Somersworth, NH Podiatrist | Nagy Footcare

Peroneal Tendonitis

What is peroneal tendonitis?

Peroneal tendonitis, also known as peroneal tendinopathy, occurs when the tendons in the foot begin to deteriorate, causing pain around the back and outer side of the foot. It’s a rare injury, but more common amongst runners. If you’re a runner and have peroneal tendonitis, you may experience pain on the outside of your lower leg.

What causes peroneal tendonitis?

Peroneal tendonitis is so rare that there isn’t enough evidence as to know what exactly causes this condition. However, high-arched feet seem to be a likely cause because the high arches put more tension on the peroneal tendons, leading to injury. Other causes may include fast running speeds or ankles sprains.

Common symptoms:

Sharp foot pain and aching along the length of the tendons or on the outside of your foot.

How do we treat you?

We will perform a physical examination and ask you about your symptoms. We may recommend modifying your activities, based on your health history and your level of physical activity.

Usually, peroneal tendonitis can be treated conservatively by:

  • Rest
  • Elevating the injured foot
  • Icing the foot
  • Stretching, especially calf muscles
  • Strengthening and balancing exercises

When to visit Nagy Footcare

If you have persistent or severe foot pain from peroneal tendonitis that doesn’t ease up with conservative treatment, it’s important to contact Nagy Footcare,  your New Hampshire podiatrist, to examine your foot, as you may instead have a fracture.