Who is at risk?
Athletes are particularly at risk for developing peroneal tendonitis. Training exercises that are not completed correctly can cause significant amounts of irritation in this area. Footwear that does not fit properly can also contribute to the development of peroneal tendonitis. Sports that require players to complete repetitive foot and ankle motions can irritate these tendons in the foot or the ankle. Runners are particularly prone to developing peroneal tendonitis. While it is a popular assumption that people who have a high arch in their foot may experience irritation more quickly that people with a normal arch, this is often not the case. The condition can also occur in patients who exhibit overpronation, or a flexible flat foot One-time injuries to the ankle may result in the development of peroneal tendonitis. Chronic ankle sprains are also a particularly common risk factor. It is important for people who are recovering from an ankle injury to be proactive about avoiding additional damage in the tendons. This can be accomplished with the help of your doctor or physical therapist. Often, arch support insoles or bracing are recommended to accomplish this. Patients with arthritis or weakness in the ankles are also considered to be at risk for developing this condition.