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Peroneal Tendon Dysfunction / Tear

Conveniently located to serve Artesia, Rancho Cucamonga, Reseda, and West Hills

Peroneal tendon dysfunction/tear is an issue that can negatively affect a person’s quality of life. The two peroneal tendons are located on the outer side of the ankle and function to stabilize and move the ankle. When these tendons are injured, it can result in instability and pain. We offer many therapies for peroneal tendon dysfunction/tear in Artesia, Rancho Cucamonga, Reseda, and West Hills.

Causes of Peroneal Tendon Dysfunction

Peroneal tendonitis/tendon tears can occur from a previous ankle sprain with injury to the tendon or from chronic looseness of the ankle following a sprain. It can also result from:

  • Poor training form
  • Overdoing exercises that involve repeated movement of the ankles
  • Tight calves
  • High foot arches
  • Unsupportive footwear
  • Increased running, walking, or jumping


Symptoms of Peroneal Tendon Dysfunction

Symptoms of the condition can develop overnight or gradually and may include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain the ankle or lower leg
  • Warmth in the area affected
  • A popping sound when the injury occurs
  • Instability or weakness

The condition can lead to several complications when left untreated. The pain can become worse, and tendons may rupture. Tendons can even shift from their normal position, resulting in more ankle and foot instability.

Because of this, if you are experiencing symptoms of peroneal tendon dysfunction, it is best to schedule an appointment for diagnosis immediately.


During a consultation, your doctor will take down your medical history and perform a physical examination. They may also request imaging tests like MRIs, X-rays, and ultrasounds. Once the condition is diagnosed, your doctor will recommend the appropriate course of action.

Treatment Options

A number of non-surgical and surgical treatment options exist for those suffering from peroneal tendon dysfunction.

The peroneal tendon problem can be treated conservatively. These conservative therapy measures include:

Orthotics – This involves using an orthotic device to modify the structural and functional features of the skeletal and neuromuscular system.

Braces – Wearing a brace when performing certain activities can help prevent excessive movement of the area. A cast or splint may also be used to immobilize the region and speed up the healing process.

Shoe Modification – Since unsupportive footwear is one of the causes of this condition, shoe modification to create supportive footwear can reduce pain and swelling of the foot. 

Physical Therapy – Ultrasound therapy, ice, and heat can help alleviate the pain and swelling. When an improvement is seen, exercises can be added to make the muscles stronger and gradually improve balance and motion.

If there is an acute tear noted, the tendon can be repaired and fixed. If this is a chronic problem then the tendon needs to be repaired by removing the scar tissue and suturing the tears of the tendon. After surgery is carried out, physical therapy will be needed to regain the range of motion in the foot.

Arrange Your Consultation

Contact My Foot Clinic to learn more about your options for treatment of peroneal tendon dysfunction/tear in Artesia, Rancho Cucamonga, Reseda, and West Hills. Schedule your consultation today to get started.

Any medical or health advice provided will be approved by a medically-trained and qualified professional unless a clear statement otherwise. The information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between patient and physician. Consult with your physician regarding a proper treatment plan for you.

The team at My Foot Clinic are highly trained and widely recognized as the best podiatrist in and around Reseda, Canoga Park, West Hills, Northridge, Chatsworth, Tarzana, Encino, Van Nuys, Artesia, Cerritos, and Norwalk.