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#759 Does a split peroneal tendon always require surgery in runners?

The peroneal tendons help stabilize your foot. They’re kind of your landing gear when you run. They keep you from wobbling or swaying out of control.

When you start to roll your ankle, the peroneal tendons pull your foot back under you.

If you ignore irritation and aggravation of those tendons, they can get weaker, tear or split apart.

The sudden trauma of suddenly rolling your ankle can cause them to split as well.

If you see a doctor when you suspect a split peroneal tendon, one of the first things you may find is that the doctors say this is a surgical problem. You may hear that you must have surgery to repair a split peroneus brevis tendon.

That’s not always true and I will explain why.

Does a split peroneal tendon always mean you have to have surgery if you’re a runner?

Well, that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.

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#573 How to tell peroneus longus from peroneus brevis

If you recently started getting some aching pain on the outside of your ankle every time you run, you might have a condition called peroneal tendonitis.

Peroneal tendonitis is a problem often encountered by runners with high arches. It can often be exacerbated by running in ultralight unstable shoes or running on trails when you’re feeling too tired to maintain good form.

The two peroneal tendons are both on the outside of the ankle. But they do different things. The way you position your foot to reduce the stress and strain on the one injured tendon, will have to be different because they each do different things.

Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about how to tell the difference between the peroneus longus and the peroneus tendon when you’re a runner.

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