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Peroneal tendonitis is the condition that develops as a result of the overloading and stress on the peroneal tendons. Peroneal tendonitis may develop from either acute or chronic overloading of the tendon. Acute meaning the tendon becomes inflamed immediately following stress and chronic meaning the condition develops over a period of time. The information on this page looks at the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of peroneal tendonitis.

Common Causes

Peroneal tendonitis is caused by excess stress being placed on the peroneal tendon. As mentioned above, this stress can either be acute or chronic. Common activities that cause peroneal tendonitis are running on uneven surfaces, racket sports, manual work, basketball, hiking and skiing. In general, older people are at a higher risk of developing the condition. This is because as we age our tendons lose their elasticity and become brittle. A brittle tendon is much more likely to develop tendonitis.

Peroneal Tendonitis Symptoms

Here is a list of common symptoms associated with peroneal tendonitis includes pain and tenderness along the tendon, especially within close proximity to the ankle and foot. This pain may be during or after exercise, or in severe cases at all times throughout the day. Stiffness of the foot and inability to stretch without pain.  Swelling around the tendon.  A burning or hot feeling around the tendon.  Pain at night and first thing in the morning.

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