Ankle Tendonitis Treatment
Ankle Tendonitis Treatment: There are 3 major ligaments and 2 major tendons that can become irritated or damaged during an ankle sprain.
What Is Ankle Tendonitis:
Tendons are the attachment points of muscle to bone.
- There are 2 major tendons that run across the ankle site.
- They are the peroneus brevis & the peroneus longus.
- If these two muscle are injured during an ankle injury they can cause tendonitis.
Symptoms of Ankle Tendonitis:
Ankle tendonitis can appear as:
- Pain on the outside of the leg.
- Pain outside of the ankle.
- Pain outside the foot.
- Warmth & swelling in these areas.
- Worse after activity.
- Better with rest.
- There are also specific movement restrictions for each muscle.
Two Muscles Involved In Ankle Tendonitis:
The two muscles involved in ankle tendonitis are the peroneus brevis & the peroneus longus.
1) Peroneus brevis ankle tendonitis:
The peroneus brevis starts on the middle outside of the leg. It runs behind the outside ankle and attaches to the base of the 5th metatarsal.
- It is responsible for turning the foot out and up.
- This muscle can become prone to dislocation and irritation with overuse.
- This occurs both due to overuse and inversion ankle sprain injuries.
2) Peroneus longus ankle tendonitis:
The peroneus brevis starts on the top outside of the leg. It runs behind the outside ankle, under the foot and attaches to the base of the 1st metatarsal.
- It is responsible for turning the foot down & out.
- This muscle is frequently overworked during ankle sprain injuries.
- It tries to splint the foot to prevent further pain, but then eventually tires out without proper treatment and becomes injured itself.