Peroneal Tendonitis is a pain condition that occurs when there is inflammation of the peroneal tendons. This occurs when there overuse of the ankle and the tendons rub on the bone. This increased friction causes the tendons to get inflamed resulting in pain as seen with peroneal tendonitis. Peroneal Tendonitis is most commonly seen in athletes who do competitive running and jumping.

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Peroneal Tendonitis can be acute meaning that the symptoms come on suddenly or it can be chronic developing gradually over years. An individual with Peroneal Tendonitis will complain mostly of pain behind the ankle which tends to get worse with activity and better with rest.

Rotation of the foot also causes pain in people with Peroneal Tendonitis. There may also be noticeable swelling behind the ankle in individuals with Peroneal Tendonitis.

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An individual with Peroneal Tendonitis may also have gait instability as the ankle is not able to bear full weight of the body due to inflammation of the peroneal tendons. The area behind the ankle will also be warm to touch due to the inflammation. This article showcases some of the potential causes for Peroneal Tendonitis.

What Can Cause A Peroneal Tendonitis?

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What Can Cause A Peroneal Tendonitis?

Inflammation: An inflammation of the peroneal tendon in most of the cases occurs due to overuse. This is seen in professional runners and sprinters who put maximum load on the ankle while running which over time causes the peroneal tendons to get inflamed resulting in Peroneal Tendonitis.

Activities: Additionally, there are some other contributing factors which increase the vulnerability of an individual towards Peroneal Tendonitis. These factors are a sudden increase in weightbearing activities which puts increased pressure on the ankle such as skipping, sprinting, and running that can lead to acute form of Peroneal Tendonitis.

Training Methods: If an individual employs improper training methods then he or she is most vulnerable to Peroneal Tendonitis. 

Choice of Footwear: Wearing footwear that is too narrow or in case of females has high heels then it puts extreme stress on the ankle area causing inflammation of the peroneal tendons.

High Foot Arches: An individual with high foot arches also puts excess pressure on the ankle resulting in Peroneal Tendonitis. If there is a problem with the functioning of the muscles and joints of the lower extremities then it may also cause Peroneal Tendonitis.

Muscle Imbalance: Muscle imbalance in the lower extremities is also one of the causes of Peroneal Tendonitis. 

Incomplete Recovery from Injury: Additionally, following an injury to the ankle like an ankle sprain if an individual does not comply with the physician recommendations and does not complete the rehabilitation program, then that may also result in the development of Peroneal Tendonitis.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: October 17, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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