June 22nd, 2012

Health N' Sports: Peroneal Tendonitis

Staff Report

Health N' Sports: Peroneal Tendonitis
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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic offers tips to heal

As a part of the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, the Sports Rehab Team physical therapists are knowledgeable and trained in the latest advancements and techniques available in sports rehabilitation. 

On a weekly basis, the Health N’ Sports Update will give information on prevention, recovery, and include special offers, as well as general health tips that would be beneficial to all. If there is a specific topic you’d like to know or hear more about, email future suggestions to editor@catholicsportsnet.com. 

The Peroneal tendons run down the side of the lower leg, behind the boney prominence on the outside of the ankle to the base of the 5th metatarsal (the bone running along the outside of the foot). The tendons act to point the foot down and swing the ankle outward. They can become inflamed by running on slopes, uneven ground or with sports with frequent changes in direction. Sports such as dancing, volleyball, and basketball are frequently involved. Poor foot and ankle alignment such as excessive pronation can also be contributing factors.

Signs & Symptoms:  Pain on the outside of the ankle without apparent causative injury, localized swelling laterally and tenderness to tendons.

Treatment:  The vast majority of suffers heal with an appropriate physical therapy program. Success is often dictated by patient compliance. The key component is rest from the symptom producing activity, ice, compression wrap, and anti-inflammatory medication. A physical therapy program of strength and balance exercises, along with modalities; such as ultrasound, may be necessary.


Tom Mooney, P.T.

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic & Sports Rehab Center

Main Office: 502-897-1794

Physical Therapy: 502-897-1790

Website: louortho.com

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