What Do We Mean By Peroneal Tendon Dislocation?

The peroneal tendons are located on the outer portion of the lower leg. These tendons are enclosed by a fibrous tunnel that runs behind the lateral malleolus. The tendons are kept in their groove by the retinaculum. Any damage to the tunnel enclosing the peroneal tendons or the retinaculum may cause the peroneal tendons to move out of their place. This is called Peroneal Tendon Subluxation.


In most of the cases, the tendons move back to their normal positions once the injury heals; however, there are cases where the tendons do not move back to their normal places. This is what is called as Peroneal Tendon dislocation.


Frequent ankle sprains are believed to be the primary cause of Peroneal Tendon Dislocation. During an ankle sprain when the ankle rolls in the retinaculum which keeps the tendons in their groove is significantly damaged which allows the tendons to move out of their place and lead to Peroneal Tendon Dislocation.


This is a condition which needs to be diagnosed and treated in the early stages to prevent any complications like chronic pain and thickening of the tendons. To diagnose and treat Peroneal Tendon Dislocation, it is essential to know how the condition feels like. This article gives a brief overview of how Peroneal Tendon Dislocation feels like.

How Does Peroneal Tendon Dislocation Feel Like?

How Does Peroneal Tendon Dislocation Feel Like?

An individual with Peroneal Tendon Dislocation will complain of a popping or a snapping sensation on the outer portion of the lower leg. The affected individual will feel pain and tenderness along the ankle and lower leg regions.

There will also be appreciable swelling behind the lower half of the fibula as a result of Peroneal Tendon Dislocation. Ambulation will be difficult as any pressure on the lower leg will cause severe pain. The range of motion of the ankle will also be restricted as a result of pain caused by Peroneal Tendon Dislocation.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:


Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: November 22, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer


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