Peroneal tendon pathology: Pre- and post-operative high resolution US and MR imaging

Yogesh Kumar, Ali Alian, Shivani Ahlawat, Dane K. Wukich, Avneesh Chhabra

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Peroneal tendon pathology is an important cause of lateral ankle pain and instability. Typical peroneal tendon disorders include tendinitis, tenosynovitis, partial and full thickness tendon tears, peroneal retinacular injuries, and tendon subluxations and dislocations. Surgery is usually indicated when conservative treatment fails. Familiarity with the peroneal tendon surgeries and expected postoperative imaging findings is essential for accurate assessment and to avoid diagnostic pitfalls. Cross-sectional imaging, especially ultrasound and MRI provide accurate pre-operative and post-operative evaluation of the peroneal tendon pathology. In this review article, the normal anatomy, clinical presentation, imaging features, pitfalls and commonly performed surgical treatments for peroneal tendon abnormalities will be reviewed. The role of dynamic ultrasound and kinematic MRI for the evaluation of peroneal tendons will be discussed. Normal and abnormal postsurgical imaging appearances will be illustrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-144
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Radiology
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017


  • Ankle
  • Kinematic
  • MRI
  • Peroneal retinaculum
  • Peroneal tendon
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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