So, what is Peroneal Tendonitis? The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society website says: “The peroneal tendons run on the outside of the ankle just behind the bone called the fibula. Tendons connect muscle to bone and allow them to exert their force across the joints that separate bones. Ligaments, on the other hand, connect bone to bone. Tendinitis implies that there is inflammation in the tendon. (Awesome, right?) Tendonitis means there is enlargement and thickening with swelling of the tendon. This usually occurs in the setting of overuse, meaning a patient or athlete does a repetitive activity that irritates the tendon over long periods of time.”
Again, awesome, right?! I actually figured out my diagnosis the morning after my injury. I woke up with an extreme amount of pain and immediately took to Google. Don’t get me wrong, I’d never rely on the internet for a diagnosis, however it was nice to know I was right. 😉 Oh, and the fact that my research skills are impeccable…if I do say so myself. 😉
So for the last four weeks, I’ve had pain here:
Of course, the first week I treated it like a sprain, with the potential of it being peroneal tendonitis. I wore my famous blue ACE wrap for a week and followed the famous “RICE” routine (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). After a week, I saw Dr. Rheumy who immediately took X-Rays to confirm I didn’t have any fractures. I’m glad there weren’t! I was then referred over to Dr. Ortho (not Dorothy if you remember from this post 🙂 ) except it had to wait over 3 weeks for the first available appointment to see Dr. Ortho. I couldn’t believe it and I was frustrated! So, I took matters into my own hands. I do not advise this, but if your stubborn and stoic like me, sometimes there are no other options. 😉
My ankle was feeling better and I move onto my white compression sock. Then I found this website from a certified Physical Therapist who recommended a few PT stretches and KT Tape. I picked up KT Tape at my local CVS store and due diligently followed KT Tape YouTube video instructions on how to wrap my ankle. I can’t recommend KT Tape enough. Seriously awesome stuff.
After 3 days with the KT Tape on, I was able to walk successfully without needing any medicine, wraps, tape, or any additional “tools”. Two days later I ran. Dumb mistake. Two days after that, I ran further. Stupid mistake! It set me back two weeks! DO NOT RUN! I need to tell myself this often. DO NOT RUN!
So, I saw Dr. Ortho on Tuesday who instructed physical therapy was in order since I’m still showing inflammation. She also gracefully pointed out that I have weak ankle ligaments from all the rolled, twisted, and sprained ankles I’ve endured in my past. She could tell! She could tell right off the bat and said I was very lucky my ankle was still attached to my leg. HA HA!
I start PT on Tuesday and I’m pretty excited about it. Although it means I have to put my 10k dream on hold until I’m FULLY recovered, I’m just grateful to have an action plan. I’m hoping PT works quickly so I can get back to my main goal: running outside. I spent my entire winter running on treadmills and I HATED IT! I enjoy running outside in fresh air and delicious warm rays on my skin. Until I’ve been approved to start again, running is on hold. BOO!
In the meantime, I signed up for a 30 day AB Challenge and successfully completed 5 out of 5 days. GO ME! I’m also catching up on The Betty Rocker’s 30 Day Body Challenge this month (since I sulked over this injury) and have been modifying the moves to work around my ankle. I’ve also been walking as much as I can and took the dogs out for a walk all by myself (Cent on his own. Phoenix and Mizar together). I’m hoping the PT approves of Yoga and Biking as alternative exercises to running on Tuesday.
There you go. The in’s and out’s of my peroneal tendonitis. OH!!!
And the most important part!
New shoes!! The shoes in the photo above are brand new and I pampered myself with a professional pedicure. After all, these feet deserve the absolute best! 🙂