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Peroneal tendon subluxation

The muscles on the outside front part of the shin are called the peroneals; their tendons pass mainly around the back of the lower bone around the outside of the ankle and the tendons act to pull the foot up and out, but also help to stabilise the ankle, and so help the ligaments. The tendons are held in position at the ankle by a small strip of tissue, that may be damaged and so will let the tendons move around the ankle. As they move forwards across the ankle, they can be heard or felt to "snap" and this can cause pain and lead to the ankle feeling weak or giving way.

Peroneal tendon subluxation Treeatment

Treatment involves either repairing or substituting for the damaged strip of tissue. Alternatively the fibula bone at the ankle can be cut and repositioned or a groove can be cut into it to lessen the chances of the tendons moving.
Surgery has its usual risks and success rates of 30 to 80% in experienced hands. Time off manual work is normally around 2 to 3 months.


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