Flexor hallucis longus (FHL) tendinitis is an uncommon cause of ankle pain, but it often affects ballet dancers. Watch this video to learn more about FHL tendinitis, its signs and symptoms and treatment options.
Signs and symptoms of FHL tendinitis
Ballet dancers will often complain of pain in the posterior aspect (back) of the ankle. They might feel pain along the FHL tendon as it passes behind the medial malleolus (bony prominence on the inside of the ankle) just inside the Achilles tendon. Often moving the big toe can also reproduce the pain.
Treatment of FHL tendinitis
The pain usually resolves without surgery. Non-surgical treatments such as stretching, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and wearing a night splint can be helpful. Often rest from dancing and immobilizing the tendon are adequate to alleviate symptoms.
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