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Ankle Pain Treatment Cairns – Peroneal Tendinopathy

Ankle pain treatment Cairns is available at each of the FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics clinics. Ankle pain can be the result of Peroneal Tendinopathy, a condition associated with a progressive over loading of the peroneal tendons, causing them to become inflamed. The Peroneals play an important role in helping stabilise the outside of the foot/ankle and prevent sprains. When they’re stressed it can cause pain, and at FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics, we provide effective ankle pain treatment Cairns.

More About the Peroneals & Ankle Pain

Peroneal Longus and Peroneus Brevis run along the outside of the leg, behind the ankle bone, and insert into the back of the 5th metatarsal and under the foot. In addition to ankle support, the Peroneals assist with arch stability and movement of the foot to an out-ward position.

The Symptoms Of Peroneal Tendinopathy

  • Pain behind the outside of the ankle, the outside of the foot or lower leg, generally with a gradual onset with no recent injury.
  • Pain behind the ankle of outside of the foot during or after weight bearing activities.
  • The foot/ankle pain often progresses as the day goes on and can temporarily settle with rest.
  • General feeling of ankle instability.

A thorough biomechanical assessment and history will most commonly diagnose if Peroneal Tendinopathy is the cause of your ankle pain Cairns. Treatment is then formulated to suit your specific needs. Depending on the severity of symptoms, you may be referred for an ultrasound +/- MRI to determine the extent of the degeneration, and to make sure there aren’t any tears in the tendon.

What Are The Risk Factors For Peroneal Tendinopathy?

Peroneal Tendinopathy can occur for several reasons, all of which are related to an over-loading of one or both of the tendons. If the overloading becomes chronic and untreated, it can cause the tendons to tear, resulting in extreme ankle pain. The following is a list of the most common causes of Peroneal Tendinopathy:

  • Previous injury to the foot/ankle.
  • Sudden increase in activity e.g. going from being sedentary to running regularly without building into it.
  • Supination of the foot during standing and walking (foot that rolls out).
  • Muscle imbalance.
  • Poor footwear.
  • Sudden weight gain.
  • Poor biomechanics.

Ankle Pain Cairns Treatment Options, For Peroneal Tendinopathy

  • Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation.
  • Strapping to help reduce work-load through the tendon.
  • Footwear advice/modifications.
  • Dry needling/massage work to help loosen of the Peroneal tendons and surrounding muscles.
  • Custom orthotics to reduce work-load going through the tendons.
  • Progressive strengthening program.
  • Activity modification.
  • For severe cases, moon boots are used for 4-6 weeks to help settle down discomfort and reduce inflammation.
  • Surgical repair of the tendon +/- joint fusion.

How Long Does Peroneal Tendinopathy Take To Get Better?

As mentioned above, the earlier you seek Cairns ankle pain treatment for Peroneal Tendinopathy, the better. Peroneal tendinopathy usually responds well when treated conservatively, although the length of time will vary from patient to patient. However, if there are tears to the tendons or subluxation, this will require a surgical opinion and thus expect longer healing times. If you suffer from ankle pain and think you might have Peroneal Tendinopathy, call our friendly team today and we will get you on the road to recovery. Our ankle pain treatment Cairns is provided at each of our clinics, at Edmonton, Redlynch and Mareeba.