Your  foot doctor is an expert in conditions of the lower legs, feet, and ankles. Whether you have a deformity, injury, or disease, your podiatrist can diagnose your foot and ankle problem and treat you accurately. Prevention is within the purview of your podiatrist, too.

Let’s talk about how your foot doctor handles an ankle problem common to active people:  peroneal tendonitis, and where you can go for the treatment of this condition in Cincinnati, OH.

What Is Peroneal Tendonitis?

Peroneal tendonitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the two leg tendons, which stabilize and strengthen your ankle as it moves, rotates, and supports your weight. Typically, due to overuse from activities such as running, dancing, and other strenuous activities involving repetitive motion, peroneal tendonitis leads to acute or chronic symptoms such as:

  • Ankle pain which worsens during athletic activities
  • Ankle swelling
  • Poor balance and ankle instability (buckling)
  • Ankle pain upon rotation of the foot
  • Warmth in the ankle and foot
  • Thick nodules on the tendon

Poorly constructed or ill-fitting shoes can precipitate and prolong symptoms of peroneal tendonitis. In fact, “weekend warriors” who suddenly start an activity or workout routine can be subject to tendonitis.

Also, disease conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, can cause peroneal tendonitis and its more common cousin, Achilles tendonitis. A previous tendon injury can lead to peroneal tendonitis, too.

Why Should I See a Podiatrist for This Foot and Ankle Problem?

Your foot and ankle doctor will manually examine your foot and ankle. In-office ultrasound imaging reveals soft tissue injuries, such as tendonitis. X-rays rule out other diagnoses, and a careful review of your symptoms generally confirms the diagnosis of peroneal tendonitis.

It’s to your advantage to see an experienced podiatrist for this condition because of the focused treatments and prevention strategies this physician can provide. These include:

  • Customized shoe orthotics (inserts) constructed to correct gait problems, such as overpronation
  • Pain and anti-inflammatory medications, such as cortisone injections
  • Bracing and walking boots to offload weight from the injured area
  • Physical therapy, including ways to prevent tendonitis

Additionally, a podiatrist can use extra corporeal pulse activation therapy to gently relieve pain, stiffness, and swelling and promote improved circulation. EPAT is painless and causes no downtime whatsoever.

At home, patients with this ankle problem are encouraged to rest the affected limb, apply ice and elevate the foot to reduce swelling. Using an ACE bandage delivers beneficial compression and support.

Peroneal Tendonitis Treatment in Cincinnati, OH

At Cincinnati Foot & Ankle Care, our 19 highly qualified podiatrists treat people who wish to remain strong and confident in their daily activities and sports, too. At 18 area locations, our team delivers patient-focused, individualized care plans which really work.

To arrange an in-person consultation, call the clinic nearest you or request your appointment online.