TRIGGER POINT OF THE WEEK – FIBULARIS/PERONEUS MUSCLES
The fibularis (formerly known as peroneus) muscles are slim and long, running down the lateral aspect of the lower leg. They are closely involved in lateral ankle stability, forming a support strut on the lateral side of the arch to deflect lateral shift. The lower fibers of the peroneus are the tertius which radiate pain patterns into the dorsum of the foot. Repeated/chronic ankle strains, post fracture or other instability issues often present with trigger points.
One of the fascinating and as yet unexplained phenomena seen in trigger point formation is that sometimes the pop up immediately after injury. A classic example of this is after an inversion ankle sprain. It is fairly common to find trigger points in all the muscles of the fibularis group. One of the features of trigger points is that they make the host muscle weaker and less efficient, it might be argued that in some circumstances that is what the body wants, to force us to unload damaged structures. Assuming the joint and muscles aren’t damaged trigger point release techniques can be used even on the pitch side.
How do you treat trigger these trigger points? We’d be delighted if you want to share your own best practice.