Peroneal nerve dysfunction is common and is often caused by trauma or injury to the knee, a lower leg (fibula) fracture, or some form of prolonged constriction, such as wearing a tight plaster cast.
Peroneal Nerve Entrapment Diagnosis and Treatment at Inspira
When your peroneal nerve is injured, you may experience symptoms including:
- Numbness or tingling in the top of the foot or leg
- “Slapping” gait, in which each step taken results in a slapping sound
- Inability to hold the foot up
- Walking problems
- Muscle weakness around the ankles or feet
To prevent further damage to the peroneal nerve, padding, knee braces and splints can help restrict movement and encourage healing. Corticosteroid injections may also reduce swelling and relieve pressure on the nerve. If pain persists after these methods have been exhausted, your doctor may recommend surgery to release the nerve and reduce compression.