Advanced Foot & Ankle Institute of Georgia

Ankle Injuries: Peroneal Tendon Tears

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Ankle Injuries: Peroneal Tendon Tears
Meet Dr. Fui Dawson

Your peroneal tendons are just behind the fibula (lower leg bone), and run outside your ankle.

These tendons support activities like walking, running and other things that involve flexing the

foot. Injury to the peroneal tendon is common, particularly among athletes…including weekend

warriors. The good news is early intervention produces good outcomes. Here’s what you need to

know about this type of ankle injury and when you should give us a call. We can treat a variety

of foot and ankle injuries. Our Atlanta podiatrist is experienced with a range of conditions and

can help you feel better fast.

Peroneal tendon tears

Peroneal tendon tears often occur when peroneal tendinosis is left untreated. Tendinosis

frequently results from overuse. Long distance runners, and even those who may have recently

started running or increased their mileage, are prone to tendinosis. Irregular gait may also

contribute to the problem.

Symptoms include:

  •  Pain or discomfort on the outer part of the ankle.
  • Swelling in the affected area.
  • Difficulty walking or engaging in other activities that involve ankle movement.

Give us a call if the pain is prolonged or does not improve with rest.

Diagnosis of tendinosis

Our Atlanta podiatrist has healed many ankle injuries. Healing begins with an appointment,

during which we will perform a visual and physical examination of the area to determine if any

inflammation is present or if the tendons have ruptured. We may also manipulate your foot to

gauge pain with motion or use imaging technology to rule out fractures.

Treatment of tendinosis and peroneal tears

We specialize in conservative treatment methods that help you feel better fast. Our goal is to

provide early intervention for best outcomes.

Treatment of tendinosis

If caught early, the primary treatment is rest. Activity reduction allows the tendon to heal, thus

avoiding more extensive injury. In some cases we may recommend a boot or ankle brace. In

every case we recommend patience. Resuming regular weight bearing activity too soon will

delay the healing process. Physical therapy may also be indicated. Without proper care and

treatment, tendinosis can lead to a tear. When there is a tear, or a split along the tendons, our

Atlanta podiatrist will clean and repair the tendon. Again, proper care is critical because peroneal

tears can encourage chronic thickening of the tendon, which reduces long term outcomes.

If you are experiencing pain with walking, running or other foot flexing activity, please give us a

call. Together we can develop a care and treatment plan that arrests your injury before more

extensive problems arise. Let us help you feel better and get back on your feet fast.