Athletes: beware of winter tendon injuries.


During the winter months, many athletes move indoors to play basketball, volleyball, and even tennis and soccer. But sports that involve repetitive ankle motion could put you at risk for peroneal tendon injuries.

What’s a peroneal tendon? Each foot has two. They run side-by-side behind the outer ankle bone. Their main function is to stabilize the foot and ankle and protect them from sprains. If you’re noticing pain, swelling, weakness or instability in your ankles after playing indoor sports, call our office.

There are three basic types of peroneal tendon injuries:

Tendonitis is an inflammation of one or both tendons.

Acute tears are caused by repetitive activity or trauma.

Degenerative tears (tendonosis) are usually due to overuse and occur over long periods of time—often years.

Treatment depends on the type of injury and can include immobilization, medications, physical therapy, bracing, and surgery.