While relatively rare, Peroneal Tendonitis in golfers is a painful injury that those playing from the amateur level to the PGA Tour can find themselves with. What is Peroneal Tendonitis? How can you treat it?
What is Peroneal Tendonitis?
There are two peroneal tendons on each leg. The peroneus longus and peroneus brevis connect the outside of your foot to the muscles in your leg. They run parallel to each other, which means if one is damaged, it’s likely the other is as well.
Now you know what the peroneal tendons are, you may wonder what peroneal tendonitis is and how it affects your golf game.
The condition is caused by the degradation of the peroneal tendons. It might be noticed as a mild pain during a round that fades over the next 24 hours or so. If nothing is done to treat it at this stage, it may develop into a pain located on the outer foot and ankle that persists throughout activity and gets worse over time.
What can I do about it? Golfers are sometimes prone to developing Peroneal Tendonitis due to the foot mechanics of a golf swing. If it does develop, there are a few things you can do.
Change your shoes – If your new golfing shoes are causing the pain, it’s smart to swap them out straight away. It may not be a case of waiting to break them in – you may be damaging your tendons while you wait.
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Rest – The old solution of applying Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation can provide some relief to golfers suffering Peroneal Tendonitis. You could help to ease the pain with NSAID (nonsteriodal anti inflammatory) medication as well.
Rest in particular is important – you should not attempt to play golf while your peroneal tendons hurt. You will only cause more damage, and it is likely irreparable. You may also consider immobilising the affected foot for a week or two (using a moon boot or similar) to reduce stress on the tendons and help to increase healing,
Exercises – It may be beneficial to investigate physiotherapeutic exercises to support the strength of your ankles and feet. These isometric exercises may help provide stability for the tendons and reduce stress on them in the long term.
You could also consult a sports physiologist who specialises in golf players to understand how to reduce the load on the peroneal tendons.
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