Pain Along the Outside of the Foot

A common complaint we see at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center is pain along the outside of the foot and/or ankle.  This pain usually starts after walking on uneven surfaces or after starting new exercises/sport.  It can also occur after an ankle sprain or wearing a bad pair of shoes.  One of the most common reasons for this type of pain is peroneal tendinitis.  There are two peroneal tendons that start just below the knee on the outside of the leg and course down toward the back of the ankle.  If you look straight down at your foot, you will most likely see a, “bump” along the outer, midportion of your foot.  This is where one peroneal tendon attaches and the other goes beneath the foot and attaches to the underside on the inside of the foot.   Together these tendons work to pull the foot down and out during gait.  They are used every step that we take.  Because these tendons are stretched and pulled with every step, they can become tired or inflamed fairly easy.   This problem may get better with simple rest alone but most of the time it does not and needs extra help. 

Treating this issue begins with the correct diagnosis.  One of our provides will take a thorough history and examine the lower extremity.  We will usually obtain X-rays in the office as well to rule out any problems with the structure surrounding the tendon.  After the diagnosis is made, treatment will be tailored so we can get you back on your feet as soon as possible.    

At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, our providers treat this condition nearly every day.  We have the experience and tools to help get your better and stay better.  If you have any questions about this or any other foot/ankle condition, please call us at 972-542-2155.

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