When it comes to tendons in the feet and ankles, the Achilles tends to steal the show. It’s the one people tend to think of first when it comes to problems and pain, and it benefits from that whole Greek mythology bump as well. The Achilles is not the only tendon in the area, however, and not the only one that can face trouble. It’s time to give some of the spotlight to the peroneal tendons (yes, there are two of them) and peroneal tendonitis.
Peroneal Tendons – Perennial Understudies
A tendon connects a muscle to a bone. The peroneal tendons do the job side by side, running next to each other around the outer ankle bone. Both connect leg muscles to foot bones, but their starting and ending points are different. The peroneus brevis starts on a lower leg and connects to the fifth metatarsal on the side of the foot. The peroneus longus (which is, as you might suspect, longer), starts higher up on the leg and curves around beneath the foot to connect to the first metatarsal on the opposite side of the foot.
Although their connections are different, the peroneal tendons both play a very important role. They turn the ankle toward the outside and provide a stability to the foot and ankle that helps protect against overextension and sprains.