Peroneal Nerve Injury
The nerve may get injured due to:
- A broken leg
- A knee injury
- Surgery to the leg or knee
- Ankle injuries
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Too much pressure on the nerve can also cause this problem. This can happen due to:
- Sitting position
- A leg cast that is too tight
- Blood clots, tumors, or other masses
Problems may be:
- Numbness or a feeling of pins and needles in the lower leg
- Pain in the foot or shin
- A weak foot
- A feeling of pins and needles
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the leg.
Pictures of the leg may be taken. This can be done with:
- MRI scan
The nerves and muscles may be tested. This can be done with electromyography (EMG) or other nerve conduction tests.
Treatment depends on what has caused the injury. Options are:
- Therapy to strengthen leg and foot muscles
- A supportive device, such as an ankle or foot brace to ease symptoms
People who are not helped by other methods may need surgery. It may take pressure off the nerve.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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