Treatment depends on the type of peroneal tendon injury. Options include:
When Is Surgery Needed?
- Immobilization - A cast or splint may be used to keep the foot and ankle from moving and allow the injury to heal.
- Medications - Oral or injected anti-inflammatory drugs may help relieve pain and inflammation.
- Physical therapy - Ice, heat or ultrasound therapy may be used to reduce swelling and pain. As symptoms improve, exercises can be added to strengthen the muscles and improve range of motion and balance.
- Bracing - The surgeon may provide a brace to use for a short while or during activities requiring repetitive ankle motion. Bracing may also be an option when a patient is not a candidate for surgery.
In some cases, surgery may be needed to repair the tendon or tendons and perhaps the supporting structures of the foot. The foot and ankle surgeon will determine the most appropriate procedure for the patient’s condition and lifestyle. After surgery, physical therapy is an important part of rehabilitation.